JesterLine Gaming in downtown Buckhannon held a ribbon cutting and open house earlier this week, welcoming residents from around Upshur County. But that’s not the only recognition they’ve been getting. Owners Jarod and Lacy Ramsey have been working with the Small Business Development Corporation to open the store, and now the business was named business of the month for April.
“It’s overwhelming to be recognized by the SBDC as a whole, but to represent West Virginia is amazing. It’s a goal, it was a goal, but it’s a dream come true as well, but it’s encouraging to others is the feedback we’re getting,” said Jarod Ramsey.
Many similar places cater to a core audience of gamers, but Ramsey said that’s not the only people they want to see come through the doors. He’s hoping to provide a safe space for the entire family to have some digital fun while building a closer connection.
“Bringing it into a closed environment that is monitored and family-run was an important core value for us. That’s exactly what we wanted to do, and we wanted them to be able to grow with that, and we want all families to be able to see that and grow with that as well,” Ramsey said.
No matter the age, there’s a computer or console system that Ramsey said is interesting to someone, and he’s seen parents come through the doors expecting to entertain themselves, but end up having as much fun as their kids, and sharing those experiences, too.
“We’ve seen parents and adults gravitate toward other technologies, and at the end of the day you have something to talk about, and it’s an amazing thing to see. It’s like sitting around the dinner table, but here at the storefront,” said Ramsey.