Most people associate playing video and board games as an activity for a night in the house.

But now with a new bar in town, you can still go out without giving up rounds of Mario Kart and Cranium.

Earlier this month, Philip and Kelly Rush opened Game and Grog, which provides a place to meet friends, play games and enjoy a mixed drink all at the same time.

Philip Rush was inspired by a similar bar in Ellensburg, Shooters 2.0, while he was at Central Washington University, Kelly Rush said. After living several years in Seattle, the couple decided to move to Yakima — Kelly’s hometown — and open the bar at 118 S. First St.

Patrons can choose from a variety of video game systems, including vintage ones such as Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis and newer systems such as PlayStation 4.

The bar’s target demographic is those between 21 and 35 who may not want to do typical bar activities, such as watch sports games or play pool, but “still want to go out and have a good time,” Kelly Rush said. “So far it seems to be going well.”

The bar, for 21 and older, is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

Branding changes

• With hop harvest in full swing, I wanted to take note of one key change some of you may be seeing as you drive up South Third Avenue. You might see a bright sign sporting the new logo along the building of Yakima-based hop supplier of Yakima Chief Hops.

The grower-owned supplier announced the rebranding last month. Company officials said that the new logo features two rings interlocked with a hop cone, which represents the connection of the two grower-owned companies that merged in 2014 and also the growers’ relationship with breweries.

Previously the company went by the name Yakima Chief-Hopunion, or YCH Hops, the name used after the merger of Yakima Chief Inc. and Hopunion.

• Also making a branding change is Yakima-based firm KDA Architecture. The firm at 1310 N. 16th Ave. previously went by the names KDF Architecture and, before that, Knipper Dunn Partnership. Officials said in a news release that the name change reflected the current leadership structure of the firm, which includes principals Dennis Dean and Brian Andringa.

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