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Games & Things marks 30 years

Games & Things is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, after moving from downtown to West Knox County.

“We want to thank everybody for allowing us to serve East Tennessee and the surrounding counties; in particular, West Knox County has always been good to us,” Lisa Mellon, who owns the store with her husband, Scott, said.

Games & Things moved to its current location at the corner of Kingston Pike and Lovell Road a year ago. The store originally was opened off Magnolia Avenue, where it was located for 17 years; it then moved to Lovell Heights, where it stayed for 12 years.

“We’re a family owned business, a small business,” Lisa said.

Games & Things sells everything from pool and billiard tables to ping-pong and poker tables to pinball machines and video games, as well as each game’s necessary accessories.

“The good thing about billiards is that when you have a pool table in your home, anyone can play — from kids to teenagers to mom, dad, friends, family. It’s a sport everyone can participate in,” Lisa said.

As part of the business’s anniversary celebrations, Games & Things hosted Ewa Mataya Laurance, The Striking Viking, who played locals and did exhibitions Saturday, Nov. 6.

Laurance is associated with Brunswick brand billiard tables, which Games & Things has carried since it opened.

Games & Things is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays. The business is closed Sundays.

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