PIQUA — With the resurgence of board games as a popular activity for friends and family, the new Piqua-opoly game promises to be a timely and fun gift this holiday season.
The board game, designed similar to the Parker Brothers Monopoly board game, is a project of the Mainstreet Piqua program and was created to capture Piqua as it is today! The game, which allows you to place houses and hotels on Piqua businesses including everything from Winans Chocolates + Coffees to Hartzell Propeller, was created by a company in Cincinnati.
Piqua-opoly plays just like a traditional Monopoly game, but instead of going to jail you go the Piqua Public Library. Also, the Community Chest and Chance cards are called Piqua Pride and Piqua Unity cards. The cards themselves are mostly Piqua-specific, including a cash prize for having the winning salsa at the Piqua Community Farmers Market or earning a beautification award from the City of Piqua.
The playing pieces are also customized for the Piqua community, including a totem pole that represents Piqua’s Indian heritage, a rubber duck that represents the Rockin’ River Duck Drop, a piece of corn that represents the Piqua Community Farmers Market, a bicycle that represents the Piqua Bike Path and so on.
“We received tremendous support from the Piqua business community to create this game,” said Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua. “We started the project in February and filled the board within weeks.”
Piqua-opoly games are $25 and can be purchased at Readmore’s Hallmark, 430 N. Main St.; Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main St; the Tapestry Angel, 516 Spring St.; and the Unity National Bank on Wayne Street. Outside of downtown, the games are available at Goin’ Postal in the Wal-Mart shopping plaza and at SC Collectibles in the Miami Valley Centre Mall.
The games can also be purchased on the Mainstreet Piqua website (mainstreetpiqua.com) and shipped anywhere in the country.
Proceeds from the project go to further the mission and vision of the Main Street organization whose purpose is economic development and downtown revitalization.