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Episode Info: The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.  Your home for biscuits, tangs and all-around fun with your troop.   [00:00:00] We always say that if we understood how much risk we were taking when we started, probably never would have done it. It was truly hubris and naiveté that got this place going because anybody who knew what they were doing would not have. [00:01:45] Hi, I am Suzanne Lynn and this is the Brooklyn made show, and today we are going to talk with Ashley Albert of Royal Palms shuffleboard. It started out in Brooklyn and it's expanded into Chicago, but if you think the game of shuffleboard is only for old people, well hold tight because Ashley is going to make you think again. Royal Palms it's a cool combination of gaming and a bar and a hangout, it's all fun all wrapped up together. Ashley and her partner are trailblazers, and I cannot wait to jump in and get chatting with her. So grab your virtual shuffleboard stick because Ashley is on deck, tell us about yourself. [00:02:26] Yes, so I am the co-owner of the Royal Palms shuffleboard club, and that is a giant vintage Florida's gamed shuffleboard bar. I have one in New York and I have one in Chicago, and I'm working on building a couple more. And it is like the very first nightclub shuffleboard bar, so it sort of looks like a bowling alley but it's vintage deck shuffleboard, like cruise ship style shuffleboard. [00:02:57] That is fascinating, that's cool. How did you come up with this idea? [00:03:01] So my business partner, he's one of my best friends and my holiday gift to him in 2011 was to become certified barbecue judges. So I flew us down to Florida to get our meet certification, it happens all over the world but it just so happened that the one that we picked was in Florida and I'm from Miami, I grew up there. So we went to the middle of nowhere Central Florida, and while we were there he said I won Florida we've got to play shuffleboard, he remembered playing with his grandparents at century village in Palm Beach when he was a kid. And so we did some research and we found the world's largest shuffleboard club in St. Petersburg Florida, and on a lark, we rented a convertible and we drove the three hours to go to St. Petersburg and play this a city-owned Municipal Park. And it turned out that once a month, like a handful of St. Petersburg hipsters would get together and play on these yawns courts, and they happen to be there the day that we were there. And they shared their beer with us, and they taught us how to play, and they were playing music and we were like this is the coolest thing ever and this was still in Brooklyn. But we both had great jobs, we weren't looking for a new job I was doing voiceover living my life of leisure, and we came back up to New York just for fun, mostly pretending because we didn't think we were going to find a space big enough and affordable enough and then a good enough location in New York to do this. We were just on the weekend go look...
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