PEABODY — Children, teenagers and the young at heart have a new place to gather in Peabody.
Frank Davis recently opened Warrior Game Stop at 127 N. Walnut in Peabody.
"It was a lot bigger job than I thought," Davis said.
It took months of elbow grease to refurbish the building into the beginning of Davis' vision of a place for students to come after school is done for the day.
"I just started doing a little at a time, then finally, after two and a half months, it started falling together," Davis said.
After moving to Peabody 10 years ago, Davis found himself working in places that involved meeting the public, from a grocery store to his current employment as janitor of Peabody High School and Peabody-Burns Elementary School.
"I like small towns," Davis said. "I'm from Topeka. Bigger cities are just getting worse."
Warrior Game Stop is stocked with Peabody-themed apparel and has school memorabilia decorating the wall to promote local pride.
"You come down here and you see these people where it's all about friends and family and having a small school," Davis said.
Peabody residents have come together to support the endeavor in several ways, including the donation of various items from a pool table to left over coloring pages from the elementary school. Warrior Game Stop is currently being staffed by volunteers, some of whom are teenagers who are there to ensure harmony is kept between different ages of children.
Warrior Game Stop has a host of games and activities for customers, including a pool table, shuffleboard table, air hockey, dartboards, table tennis, Wii and Xbox 360 games. There is also an area geared toward younger children with books, puzzles, Hot Wheels cars and a puppet theater.
"The kids just jump back there and grab the puppets and start playing," Davis said. "This isn't just for kids, it's for adults, also. It has a little bit of everything."
Karaoke nights and birthday parties can be held at Warrior Game Stop, which allows customers to bring in their own food or take advantage of the pizza, chili, nachos, candy, ice cream and soda it offers.
More improvements are planned for the space, including a bar area with stools for additional seating.
"We want to make sure there's plenty of room for games," Davis said. "There's a bunch of stuff in the works."
Warrior Game Stop's entrance area is filled with military and law enforcement-themed items, and those currently serving in those fields receive an everyday 10 percent discount at the store.
"I'm real passionate about veterans, the military, police officers and firefighters," Davis said. "I just want to give back and do something for the town."
Warrior Game Stop is open from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays, 5 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays and 4 to 10 p.m. on Sundays.
"If this takes off, each class will grow and teach each other this is our town, let's keep it alive," Davis said.
For more information about Warrior Game Stop, call Frank Davis at 620-266-6998.