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Grab your loose quarters and check out the new local bar: Arcada

Owners and founders of Slice of Humboldt Pie/ Bittersweet, Kirsten Thompson and Amber Saba, have put together their love for video games, amusement parks, and arcades.

Their love for adventures and fun things to do have driven them to open up their very own arcade bar here in Arcata. This new and retro-themed arcade bar, known as ARCADA, opened on Feb. 26.

The way ARCADA converted from a dream to reality was after a location purchase for a kitchen that would help expand space and alleviate stress for Slice of Humboldt Pie.

Owners then saw how much leftover space they had aside from the kitchen, and the first thing that came to their mind was to create a place of their own where they could draw out their own passions.

“The arcade bars and amusement parks and all sorts of just fun games and things to do are Amber’s and I passion when we go out of town anywhere,” Thompson said. “We go find fun things to do. We get to forget all our stress and worries and just be in a fun space.”

People can expect themselves to want to save their quarters for more than just their laundry from now on. The arcade bar provides a good amount of retro games with a free playing station, various bar food options, and a variety of drinks to choose from, with the expense of the games ranging from a quarter to a dollar.

“An arcade bar sounds fun!” Rubie Gonzalez, 21-year-old senior at HSU, said. “I have to go just to see if they have Pac-Man so I can take my mom when she comes up to visit me for spring break.”

Because of the various alcoholic beverage options, you must be 21 or older to enter.

Thompson and Saba present ARCADA with the hopes of bringing in more surprises in the near future.

For now, they hope the public enjoys the upbeat music, the good vibes and the great combination of arcade games and a good fun time.

“I’m excited for an arcade bar because it will be something to do in town and very different than what’s currently available” Christopher Berumen, a 26-year-old senior at HSU, said. “I’m big on arcade games and if it’s priced fairly I think I’ll be there often.”

ARCADA can be found at 660 K St., Arcata, Ca, 95521 right at the intersection of K and 6th street, and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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