By Gerri Miller
How would you like to buy Foshee-Henderson Stadium for $170? How about the Pines Golf Course for $210? You can buy them, but only in Millbrookopoly, a new board game that has hit the stores and is selling like hotcakes.
The game is like Monopoly, but all the properties are local. They range from Joe Mamas to the Catfish House and Deaux Boys. There is Barber Berry Farm and the Front Porch Grill. Lose a turn if you eat too much French toast at the Front Porch Grill. You can get elected Mayor in the game, but you must give every voter $20.
You can cruise down Coosada Road or visit the Natureplex. Be careful, though, as you may have to pay $200 for your property tax. You may get your swan song on at the Millbrook Theatre or walk your dog and advance to Legacy Park.
Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley said he has already bought 20 copies and may go back for more. He is giving them out to friends, family, and business associates. “I didn’t know about the game,” he said. “At first I thought it was a joke. But when I found out it was real, I thought it might be a great opportunity for Millbrook.”
Stuart Peters, of the City’s Engineering and System Planning Department, was the one who told the Mayor about the game. “My brother-in-law Casey Rollan told me about it, and I bought four that morning,” he said. “I think it is a great marketing idea.”
The company that developed the game is Sky Production Co. in Cincinnati. In business since 1984, the company makes licensed, collegiate board games with a property trading them. The company is not affiliated with Hasbro, the makers of Monopoly, and does not use any of its protected trademarks.
Front Porch Grill Manager Chance Ruth thought it was awesome that the restaurant was included in the game. “We really appreciate the fact that they like our food,” she said. She said the restaurant owner and another employee have already purchased the game.
You can buy a copy of Millbrookopoly at Wal-Mart for $19.98.