Entertaining Design

A Blog From Peters Billiards

Happy 2019!

January 19, 2019

It’s the New Year and many of us are trying to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. (The key word here is ‘trying’.)  One of the top 10 most popular New Year’s Resolutions, which rings true with me, is to spend more quality time with family and friends. In this day and age when we spend so much time on our phones or feel pressured to get everything on our to-do list done we can sometimes forg... Read More

New Games and Furniture for the 2018 Holiday Season!

November 17, 2018

It’s time to start thinking about the holidays, entertaining, and spending much more time indoors. We’ve had strange fall weather this year and even though it’s not Thanksgiving yet, those temperatures outside sure feel like mid-January. Brr!  Peters Billiards has stocked up on everything you need to have fun and stay cozy this season with new games and furniture. In the past couple months we have switc... Read More

Now Trending: Modern Game Tables

January 23, 2018

Today we will look at a current game room trend: the modern game table. Classic octagon shaped tables have been around for a while, but things are changing. With such a wide variety of options in table shapes, sizes, designs, and colors available today the classic game table is taking on new life and creating the perfect addition the game room.  A couple of our U.S. based manufacturers have really worked hard to bring in ... Read More

File under: Design, Games, Trends

Happy New Year!

January 9, 2018

Happy 2018! Let’s embrace this New Year with ways to enjoy your home for yourself and with people you love.  This last year was filled with ideas to step your entertainment game up a notch. Now it’s time to actually make those New Year’s resolutions come true. Whether you’re wanting to spruce up your game room or put together the perfect gathering spot on your patio we have inspiration and expert g... Read More

“A Family that Plays Together, Stays Together” – PART 2

December 12, 2017

We’re back with 5 more games to get your family together for a little healthy competition and plenty of laughs. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of your work, kid’s homework, and the stress of everyday life and just play! These are 5 popular electronic games for the whole family to enjoy.    1. Back to the 80’s Cocktail Re-live your past and introduce the younger ones to the famous class... Read More

File under: Games

“A Family That Plays Together, Stays Together” - PART 1

December 5, 2017

Playing games with your loved ones is a place where jokes are shared, communication grows, laughs are sure to be had, and family memories are made. Experts say that communication and connections made when playing together helps to create a solid healthy foundation for families. Just think about some of your favorite memories as a child. Most of mine are when my family was together doing something we enjoyed. At Peters, we hav... Read More

File under: Games, Pool Tables

Peters Billiards is 60!

September 12, 2017

Peters Billiards is 60 and loving it! In 1957 we opened our doors. We've moved, remodeled, and expanded the products we carry during those 60 years, but we've kept our Minneapolis roots and love for family games. Owners, Greg and Carol Peterson, were born and raised in Minneapolis and our heart and soul continues to be a family business that treats customers like family.  After all “Family is not a... Read More

File under: Games, Pool Tables

Made in America!

June 20, 2017

It’s summer! And as it gets closer to America’s holiday it always makes me feel nostalgic. It reminds me I should be spending my time grilling on the patio, eating watermelon, going to the lake, and wearing some form of red, white and blue. But why celebrate America only once a year? At Peters Billiards we try and promote American made quality and craftsmanship in as many products as we can all year round. From pat... Read More

Winter Deals!!!

January 5, 2017

Beat the winter blues with something new for your home or patio. Floor Models, One-Of-A-Kinds, Closeouts, Discontinued, Overstock and Clearance items are available now! We’ve recently marked down pool tables, games, sofas, recliners, accent tables, pub tables, dining sets, kitchen and bar stools, game tables, bars, artwork, accessories, patio furniture and more. All items are available for pick-up same day or schedule a ... Read More

‘Tis the Season of Giving

December 15, 2016

It’s that time of year again when you want to gift your loved ones with something to show them how much they mean to you. Peters Billiards has gifts that will surely bring lots of laughs, smiles, and great memories.  Last season I posted a game room gift guide that included classic games, unique options, active games, and more.  Be sure to check out the Ultimate Game Room Gift Guide post along with a few new ad... Read More

The Game of Air Hockey

December 6, 2016

A popular and active game for many ages, air hockey has been around for about 45 years. The original idea was to create a miniature hockey game that involved a frictionless surface that a puck could float on. Using ice as the surface was obviously out of the question so an air table came about and the rest is history.   Interesting Facts 1.    Air hockey was invented between 1962 and 1972 by a group of B... Read More

File under: Games

Pinball Update!

November 15, 2016

Pinball is a fun and exciting game that makes a perfect addition to a game room. A while back I posted about pinball including interesting facts, history, and current games in production. If you didn’t get a chance to see it check out the post DING! DING! DING! pinball games. With the holidays fast approaching pinball makes the perfect addition to your game room, as well as a wonderful surprise for that kid-at-heart on C... Read More

File under: Games

3 Main Ingredients for the Ultimate Game Room

November 1, 2016

With the holiday seasons and cold weather upon us it’s time to start thinking about indoor entertainment. Whether it’s for you and your kids, game night with friends, or to gather family together around the holidays for laughter, a game room always puts a smile on everyone’s face. Here we talk about 3 main ingredients to creating the Ultimate Game Room.   1.    ULTIMATE GAMES Of course ... Read More

File under: Furniture, Games, Pool Tables

Fall Back to Indoor Entertaining

September 8, 2016

As the kids go back to school and we prepare to spend more time indoors, it’s time to tackle those interior decorating projects. Looking for a new sofa or sectional? Are you interested in adding a few more decorative pieces to your family game room? Did you just finish a kitchen remodel and are in need of kitchen stools? I’ve collected a group of past postings that will help you tackle those indoor projects so you... Read More

American Made Furniture: Mikhail Darafeev

June 23, 2016

Here at Peters Billiards we strive to carry long lasting, quality furniture that will last for generations. We have carried the Mikhail Darafeev brand for over 35 years! This family owned and California based premier manufacturer of wood game room furniture has continually impressed us with their quality, style and attention to detail. Today I’d like to highlight a few of the reasons why Darafeev furniture stands the tes... Read More

File under: Barstools, Furniture, Games

The Ultimate Game Room Gift Guide

December 10, 2015

Games are a great way to spend time with family so why not gift a game to someone on your list? It’s sure to bring laughter and lots of fun memories. We have games in all your favorite categories including classic, unique, strategy, competitive, fast-paced, small-scale and more! There’s something for everybody on this list.   CLASSIC GAMES Looking for a classic strategy game? Why not wrap up Backgammon or... Read More

File under: Games

Take Me Back Tuesday - Gift Ideas to UnPlug the Family

December 1, 2015

Last holiday season I focused on gift Ideas to “unplug” the family and it’s still a hot topic. With our highly scheduled lives we are constantly “plugged in”.  Games bring families together and help kids learn to relate to each other productively in unstructured, in-person, unsupervised settings that are becoming more and more rare.  This unstructured play stimulates creativity and lets ... Read More

File under: Games

You’re invited to visit our NEW website!

September 29, 2015

Introducing our newly updated website! We've packed it full of inpirational ideas and images for you, and made it even easier to navigate. You'll also find helpful tips and expert advice.   NEW FEATURES INCLUDE:  Newly remodeled virtual space  Searchability  Updated product photos and descriptions  Phone and tablet capabilities Options for pinning, posting, tweeting, sharing and howe... Read More

What’s new at Peters Billiards?

July 29, 2015

If you haven’t been to our store lately here is a sneak peak at new items we have on display. We always try to stay on trend to reflect what customers are asking for and we want show new products we fall in love with. Along with new items on display, we also continue to have new items in our Peters Backroom clearance area. Right now we have plenty of patio furniture on sale and ready to take home. You can get a sneak p... Read More

The Game of Darts

February 10, 2015

When it’s cold outside you have to get creative and find indoor activities to keep busy. Darts is a classic game that can be played by young and old alike in the comfort of your own home. You don’t need expensive equipment or a large space to play this game. It’s a game for the whole family and everyone has room. If you’re new to the game or need a little refresher, check out below for unique facts, int... Read More

File under: Games

Should you buy American Made Products?

January 27, 2015

I’m sure if we could we would all love to have American made products in our home. In this day and age it’s hard to find American made products for one and they’re not always in our budget. It’s true American made products in general tend to cost a little more, but for good reason. Here at Peters Billiards we try our best to carry American made furniture, games, and accessories whenever possible. Here a... Read More

Unplugged Games for the Family - Shuffleboard

January 3, 2015

It could be a long winter. To help keep boredom at bay for kids and adults, how about a non-electronic game such as a shuffleboard table? This game is often seen in bars and pubs, but it started as an outdoor game played at resorts or retirement homes. Today’s table top version offers year-round fun for all ages and is a great addition to your family’s game room.   DID YOU KNOW? 1. To most people’s... Read More

File under: Games

Unplugged Games for the Family - Foosball

December 18, 2014

Stay unplugged for the holidays and enjoy your time with family and friends! Good old fashion face-to-face time keeps your family connected.  Traditional games such as foosball can really bring families together for in - person, unstructured settings that are becoming more and more rare in the lives of today’s highly scheduled and tech-addicted youth.   DID YOU KNOW? The longest foosball game ever made... Read More

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Unplugged Games for the Family - Table Tennis

December 11, 2014

No electronics needed here! All you need is a friend and you’re ready to go. So get those kids - and parents -  “unplugged” from their devices and show them how to play! It’s a game for all ages and doesn’t take much equipment: the table, paddles, and a ball. The more you play the better you’ll be and, hey, you might even learn topspin, backspin, or corkspin if you’re really talen... Read More

File under: Games

Peters Billiards on Kare 11

December 7, 2014

*** Check out our own Steve Slyce on KARE 11 this past week discussing with Pat Evans three low tech gift ideas including table tennis, shuffleboard, and foosball. View the video here. Thanks for visiting Entertaining Design! Read More

File under: Games

DING! DING! DING!

December 2, 2014

Working primarily in the furniture section of our store, I don’t always get a chance to keep up to speed on the arcade games we carry. Today I learned a few things about pinball machines that you might find interesting. Check out these fun pinball facts.   INTERESTING PINBALL FACTS 1. There is only one manufacturer of pinball left in the USA, Stern Pinball, in Chicago, IL. Their lineage goes back to the 1930s. &... Read More

File under: Games

Stock, Special, and Custom Orders… What’s the difference?

November 9, 2014

Have you ever gone to a furniture store that has 30 recliners, but they were all in some shade of brown? Were you looking to buy a pool table, but really wished you could match the wood stain to your built-in bar? Well look no further! At Peters Billiards we specialize in those one-of-a-kind or just plain hard to find furniture pieces. There are a few things you might want to know about special orders. Let’s take a look ... Read More

Ten Little Known Facts About Peters Billiards

September 11, 2014

Peters Billiards seems like it has been around forever, since 1957 to be exact. Originally it was just pool tables, but we’ve evolved to become much more. In 2006 we opened our new building and there was talk about changing the store name to help people understand who we are. Many loyal customers know us as Peters Billiards and continuing into the future with that loyalty was very important to us. So we set out on a miss... Read More

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