EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: The Pirate’s Cove opens downtown

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Avast, me hearties — there’s a new store in downtown Sanford, and they be callin’ themselves The Pirate’s Cove.

The business, located at 217 Carthage St. right across from the First Citizens Bank, opened about three weeks ago under the captainship of owner Sherri Massena. The store sells board games, card games, toys, books, clothes and more. On Friday and Saturday nights, they host gaming tournaments open to anybody who wants to play.

Store manager Rawlins Bagnall said that after holiday shopping is over, the store’s offerings will expand even further. He currently sells some miniature figurines at the store and also does commission-based work painting other people’s models, and he plans to start painting classes in January. The Eagle Scout and former scout master is also hoping to set up a room with Scouting uniforms, books and other must-haves since the closest places to buy such items now are in Raleigh and Fayetteville.

There’s a dearth of places to meet folks and play board games and card games, Bagnall said, explaining that Central Carolina Community College has a gaming guild with a few dozen active members but that before this store opened, people had to travel to Raleigh or Aberdeen for a similar experience.

And in just a few weeks, he’s seen everyone from grandparents to middle school girls and 30-year-old men shopping or coming in for game nights.

“It’s a real simple way to make friends, and age doesn’t really matter,” Bagnall said.

People who want to learn more can visit the store, go to www.facebook.com/piratecovegames or call (919) 776-2683.

In other news...

• Environmentalists and fiscal conservatives found themselves in rare agreement earlier this month when the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced a plan to spend $1.3 million on water pollution technology for Jordan Lake. Environmentalists worry it’s just a patch ignoring more serious problems, and some conservatives worry it’s simply a waste of money. Supporters say it will improve the taste and smell of water from the lake, which provides drinking water for many nearby cities.

• The Galloway Ridge Charitable Fund, a group based out of Fearrington Village in Chatham County, recently donated $60,000 to various public schools, churches and non-profit organizations in the county. See more details at www.gallowayridge.com.

• Also in Chatham County, officials have been giddy about Strata Solar for months. The sixth-largest solar energy provider in the nation, the company set up a Chatham County warehouse and one-megawatt solar farm recently and plans to hire its 100th worker by January.

• Business fluctuations: In the past week, six new corporations formed in Lee County — Aaron Paschal

Trucking, Cam & Ashley, Full Armor Fitness, KEBLE, TrapMusicMoneyEntertainment and World Stone of Sanford — and seven were dissolved or withdrawn. I believe this is the first time since I’ve been writing this column that the losses have outweighed the gains. They were: Benefit Services & Design, Carolina Pools, David Taylor Automotive, Gray Fox Antiques and Collectibles, Imperial Land Development, Sky King Equipment Rental and The Denim Bar.