Mind your business: Home base for trading card games in town

NEW BUSINESS: Top Deck Gaming's Jesse Kelly and Vanessa Gidley. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY
NEW BUSINESS: Top Deck Gaming's Jesse Kelly and Vanessa Gidley. Photo: ANDREW MURRAY

If Yu-Gi-Oh! and Vanguard are your thing then you have a new place in Orange to enjoy them.

They are both trading card games that are proving increasingly popular in Orange.

Owner Vanessa Gidley and manager Jesse Kelly have just opened TopDeck Gaming upstairs in premises in Peisley Street to give trading game fans a base.

Apart from providing a place to play the games they will also be selling them.

Mr Kelly said the business had its opening pizza night party on Saturday night.

Players brought their own games and the business provided some for a fun night.

“We are providing a comfortable environment for playing card games,” he said.

“At the moment the community for card games in Orange is really quite small but we’re hoping it will build up.

“We’re hoping to get people from the really young up to 25-30 year olds,”

He said a lot of the games were invented in Japan.

CLOSED: The Zest restaurant has closed after four years on the corner of McLachlan and Byng streets.

CLOSED: The Zest restaurant has closed after four years on the corner of McLachlan and Byng streets.

RESTAURANT CLOSES UP

Zest Restaurant & Beer Garden has shut its doors after four years in an historic building on the corner of McLachlan and Byng streets.

The restaurant served its last meals in late December.

A note to patrons on the restaurant’s Facebook site said they had been on “epic ride” over the past few years.

“After all these years, the roller coaster of all the amazing highs and the lows, we have come to the end of our lease here in this building,” it said.

“After four years without a break, it has come to a point now where it’s important to us to take some time and regroup, spend time with our family, reinvent and reset out vision as to what the future of Zest will look like.”

AWARDED: Orange Credit Union's Paul Dawson with guest speaker Marlene Shiels. Photo: Supplied

AWARDED: Orange Credit Union's Paul Dawson with guest speaker Marlene Shiels. Photo: Supplied

INTERNATIONAL AWARD

Paul Dawson, the general manager of the First Choice Credit Union in Orange has won a prestigious international award for his efforts.

Mr Dawson received the Joe Biden Awards for Development Educator of the Year.

He flew to London to receive the award from Marlene Shiels, the chief executive officer of Capital Credit Union Ltd in Edinburgh.

Since 2011 Mr Dawson has been involved in helping young people in Asia and supporting young people understanding the work of credit unions and co-operatives.

He has also become a director of the Australian Mutuals Foundation.

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