Critical Grind Inc started in 2018 as a tabletop gaming events company. While those are still services we offer, see the "Extra Services" tab, we have since expanded into a board game coffee shop.

Dana has had a life-long dream of opening a coffee shop. This, combined with her love of board games, has created the perfect storm. 

Shaun has been actively playing tabletop board games since 1998 and has a knack for learning new games quickly. His favorite games are strategy-based. 

Dana Buxbaum (Tennant)



What I love the most about gaming is spending time with other people and challenging myself to look at situations a new way to find different ways of thinking.

My favorite games are always changing. Currently they are Firefly The Game, Arch Ravels, and Honey Buzz

Shaun Tennant


My love of games has been with me my whole life. From tabletop to video games, I enjoy the mental exercise and strategy involved. 

Currently, my favorite board games are Betrayal at House on the Hill, Marvel Legendary, TMNT: Out of the Shadows, Zombicide, and Tiny Epic Kingdoms




We met through a mutual friend who shortly after introducing us to each other, introduced us to the ever-popular "gateway game" Settlers of Catan. The rest, as they say, is history.

You can read details of that history in our blog.