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Businessmen hope to create Hanover's 'ultimate gaming establishment'

Written by Jennifer Wentz, The Evening Sun | Jun 3, 2015 5:00 PM
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Formerly the home of Wachovia Bank, the Carlisle Street building houses Timeline Arcade and event space. A Maryland businessman plans to bring a coffee shop and game store into the building this summer. (Evening Sun)

(Hanover) -- A coffee shop and a video game store are set to open this summer right off of Hanover's Center Square.

Save Point, a retro gaming store, and Coffee Shop, a purveyor of gourmet roasts, hope to open shop in July in the former Wachovia building, said Eric Holniker, owner of both businesses.

The building on Carlisle Street, now known as the Hanover Heritage Conference Center, also houses Timeline Arcade.

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"I'm a fan of the downtown atmosphere, and I love what's going on in downtown Hanover," Holniker said of his decision to bring his business to the borough.

The entrepreneurial endeavor is not the first for 24-year-old Holniker. He opened Save Point's first location in Maryland's TownMall Westminster, an indoor shopping mall, in mid-2011. When a coffee shop across the hall from Save Point threatened to close, Holniker took over its operations too to keep foot traffic going past his video game store.

Since then, both businesses have grown, with Holniker completely revamping the coffee shop's menu and atmosphere while continuing to buy, sell and trade video games and consoles at Save Point. Over the past few months, though, Holniker realized the mall setting was not ideal for the coffee shop.

It was a situation his friend, Timeline Arcade owner Brandon Spencer, knew well. Spencer initially opened his arcade in the North Hanover Mall before moving to downtown Hanover several years ago.

After some conversations with Spencer, and seeing the newly budding businesses near Center Square, Holniker decided to give the downtown atmosphere a try for himself.

"We just thought it would be awesome for us to tag together," Spencer said.

Holniker's move to Hanover will coincide with the planning of Holniker's third Save Point store and Spencer's second Timeline location in York. The pair signed official paperwork Monday to open shop on East Market Street across from Holy Hound Taproom, Spencer said. Both stores plan to open there by winter.

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In Hanover, Coffee Shop plans to open its door in mid-July and operate during the same afternoon and late-night hours as the arcade, Holniker said. He hopes to create a refined but laid-back atmosphere in which customers can hang out on plush furniture while drinking coffee and working on their laptops.

Like the Westminster location, which closed in May in anticipation of the move to the borough, the Hanover Coffee Shop will feature a variety of roasts, as well as gourmet drinks like lattes and mochas. Holniker said he also hopes to install a drive-through window and sell cakes and cookies from local bakeries.

Save Point, meanwhile, will continue operating out of the Westminster mall as Holniker opens the York and Hanover locations. The store allows customers to buy, sell and trade video games and specializes in retro consoles like the Atari and Nintendo entertainment systems.

With the coffee shop, game store and arcade, Spencer and Holniker said they hope to bring a rewarding experience to Hanover's gamers.

"It's going to be the ultimate gaming establishment," Holniker said.


This article comes to us through a partnership between the Evening Sun and WITF. 

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