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Planners Hear Gaming Lounge Idea

Jan 09, 2024 09:37AM ● By Debra Dingman

DIXON, CA (MPG) - Jamie Myers is a long-time resident of Dixon — mother of six and now grandmother — and a teacher at Dixon Charter Montessori School. Myers also worked three years at the Dixon Teen Center from 2012-2015 and subbed at John Knight Middle School. She might have a good understanding of youth.

Her business partner, Jene Owens, is also a teacher who does homeschooling and tutoring. These two mothers have a wealth of experience with children spanning preschool through high-school levels, and now added a new title to their names: Entrepreneur.

Myers opened the last City Planning Commission meeting with an introduction of their plans for a new family entertainment center and cereal bar planned between Ramtown Karate and DaVita Dialysis Center on North Lincoln.

“We asked ourselves: what is something that Dixon truly needs that we currently don’t have, but that Dixon could really utilize. We’re both teachers and parents…so after one-and-a-half years of research development, training and preparation, Joystick Gaming Lounge and Cereal Café, LLC, was created,” Myers explained. “We plan to offer all things gaming including an arcade with 20 to 25 of the most popular arcade games, console gaming with Xbox, PlayStation®, and Nintendo, computer gaming options which we’re finding is increasingly on the rise with our students, and also board games.” Because, she added, not everyone wants to play on computers.

“We will have a wide variety of cereal selections, as well as soft-serve ice cream, a gourmet coffee bar, and hot foods such as pizza, hotdogs, and nachos. There will be comfortable seating for parents to hang out with free Wi-Fi,” she told the commissioners. “Patrons will enjoy really comfortable seating for parents so they can sit back and relax with free wi-fi and know their kids are safe.”

The business will offer private parties and also game rooms for rent, plus they foresee school field trip packages for STEAM technology experiences in the future.

“We hope to partner with Readi-Ride for kids for after school,” she said. The two were poised to sign a lease but learned the zoning isn’t set up for “Indoor Entertainment,” and interestingly, no where in Dixon is, so they will be applying for a conditional use permit.

“We love our town. Families can come at an affordable price, and there is a need that the business will fill. We’re really excited about that,” she concluded, thanking the commissioners for their service and their consideration.

Planning Commissioner Chair Jack Caldwell thanked Myers for her presentation. To see more about their business, go to joystickdixon.com.

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