After a short hiatus a local games store has reopened under new ownership and you could say it’s all fun and games.
While the Team Card Titan store has been on Maryborough St for more than three years many locals were unaware of its existence.
So when the store’s new co-owners Indi Watts and Jason Emanuelli decided to take over from the previous owner they decided to make its presence known.
“We started off as a team that supported the store but when the previous owner decided he wanted out of it we felt ready to take over the lease and do our own thing,” Mr Watts said.
“Even though the store had been here for a few years it was lacking advertising and you couldn’t really tell what is was from the outside.”
Since reopening the store it has undergone a renovation with the pair spending many late nights and early mornings transforming the layout and adding a pop of colour to its exterior.
The new co-owners have also launched a website and online store for the business allowing it to reach customers even further.
“We painted the front of the store green and red and put decal stickers on the front window to make the building stand out more,” Mr Watts said.
“The store opened on Saturday (April 3) and we were at full capacity – more people kept coming in but we had no seats left and we’ve been getting a lot of new faces come in that didn’t before the changes.
“It generally picks up from 6pm especially on Saturdays or when we hold events but some people who aren’t even interested in gaming come in just to see what it’s all about which is pretty cool.”
The Bundaberg business hosts everything from trading card, board, Table Top and role-playing games – all of which are free to play.
Participants are welcome to bring their own cards and games or use those that have been donated to the store.
“Our inter card trading games vary from Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon and Dragonball Z to Magic the Gathering and Flesh and Blood as well as other hobbies like board games, miniature games and painting,” Mr Watts said.
“It’s a free seating space for people to come and use – when it comes to money we sell things at the shop and have a fully-stocked fridge with drinks and snacks which helps us out in the end too.”
While Mr Watts is still trying to learn the rules of all the games, he said it was the real community feel that brought him so much joy.
“Our main goal is to keep that community spirit alive – there aren’t many places where you can just go to meet new people and play games,” he said.
“Normally you have a couple of friends or family members who enjoy playing but this opens that circle up further and for me I just enjoy that real sense of community.”
Team Card Titan is at 108 Maryborough St, Walkervale and open from 10am seven days a week.
The store closes at 2pm on Mondays, 5pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and stays open late on Thursdays through to Sundays.
For more information click here. https://teamcardtitan.com/
Qatar finance minister arrested over alleged embezzlement -statement
Qatar Finance Minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi was arrested for questioning over allegations of embezzlement, abuse of power and crimes related to the public sector, a statement carried by state news agency QNA said on Thursday.
An investigation is underway, the statement added.
Emadi has been minister of finance in the wealthy Gulf Arab state since 2013 and sits on the board of its powerful $300 billion sovereign wealth fund, the Qatar Investment Authority.
He is also chairman of the board of directors of Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East and Africa.
“The findings and investigation are related to his government position as finance minister and not to his board member roles at other entities,” a source with knowledge of the investigation said, declining to give further details.
Emadi steered Qatar’s economic policies during the 2014-2015 oil price crash that prompted the tiny nation – as well as other Gulf countries – to accelerate plans to diversify the economy.
Qatar, a leading producer of liquefied natural gas, saw its economy shrink by 3.7% last year due to the coronavirus crisis and lower global energy demand.
However, the contraction was less than expected and was the smallest in the Gulf region, International Monetary Fund data showed.
Emadi was named as 2020’s best minister in the region by The Banker, an international financial magazine that organises an annual celebration of finance ministers.
Qatar, which next year will host the soccer World Cup, has invested heavily in infrastructure over the past few years ahead of the event, which means spending on major projects is set to decrease this year, the finance ministry has said.
Real gross domestic product is expected to grow 2.2% this year thanks to the rollout of vaccines, a gradual easing of coronavirus-related restrictions and an increase in oil demand and prices.
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#Tools4Founders Campaign Invites Entrepreneurs to Seek Support for Mental Health Awareness Month
AUSTIN, Texas, May 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Entrepreneurial Psychotherapist, Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT, is on a mission to raise awareness and normalize the prioritization of mental health in the workplace. “We live in a culture that glorifies the grind,” says Laura, “and Founders can feel like they can’t tell anyone what’s going on because they have to manage impressions.”
“Who’s taking care of you while you’re taking care of everyone else?” Laura Shook Guzman
Laura, who specializes in mental health for founders and entrepreneurs, is providing a comprehensive list of resources on her website for Mental Health Awareness Month as a part of her campaign, #Tools4Founders. Founders can find programs, podcasts and tips to support their mental health on the site and contribute to the community by sharing their favorite resources and using the hashtag #Tools4Founders the entire month of May.
“Together we can end the stigma surrounding entrepreneurial mental health.” Laura Shook Guzman.
72% percent of entrepreneurs suffer from one or more mental health issues according to the research of Dr. Michael Freeman, founder of Econa, a global center for entrepreneurial wellness. This research also shows entrepreneurs are 2x more likely to struggle with feelings of isolation, stress, and exhaustion, 3x more likely to to suffer from depression and substance abuse and 10x more likely to suffer from bipolar disorder.
Mental health and success are not mutually exclusive in the workplace. John Roa, Kristin Darga and Erik Severinghaus are all examples of highly successful founders that have written books emphasizing the importance of mental health.
“Healthy founders equal healthy returns. We believe there is a causal relationship between continuous founder self-improvement and the performance of their companies.” Venture capital firm, Alpha Bridge
The #Tools4Founders campaign is sponsored by Women Who Cowork and is gfiting 30 days of founder support for womxn and nonbinary founders of the coworking movement for entire month of May. Founders can sign up at this link.
Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT
Laura Shook Guzman, LMFT, is a 23 year mental health professional, trauma therapist and serial entrepreneur. Founders can explore what mental health support would like with Laura Shook Guzman in a free fifteen minute consult with her http://bit.ly/laurashookguzmanconsultation
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