HOW RP CAME TO BE:
After a spontaneous trip in the winter of 2011 to the Mirror Lake Shuffleboard Club in St. Petersburg, Florida, owners Ashley Albert and Jonathan Schnapp set out to build a shuffleboard club in Brooklyn.
By July 2012, they'd secured the lease on a 17,000 square foot warehouse in Gowanus and set about raising money to make their vintage-Florida Shuffleboard dreams come true.
It took another year and a half of fundraising and kickstartering and designing and permitting before the doors to The Royal Palms were ready to open in the winter 2013.
Today, people from all over the world come to visit and fall in love with the game. The Royal Palms Monday and Tuesday Night Shuffleboard League is the largest in the world and Ashley and Jonathan are now internationally ranked shuffleboard players!
In winter 2018 The Royal Palms launched their second shuffleboard club in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area of Chicago.
As the co-owner of The Royal Palms, Ashley Albert spends her days dreaming up mostly implausible ideas for how to make the club more fun and her nights teaching Brooklyn's Hipster Elite the nuances of a 100 year old game that she's managed to become the 26th best in the world at playing.
She manages to keep pretty busy in her downtime, too.
As a 22-year veteran of the cut-throat New York City Voice-Over industry, you've probably heard her a zillion times telling you about the virtues of McDonald’s Filet O’ Fish, the deliciousness of Nutella or what’s coming up next on Nickelodeon, HGTV and MTV. As the lead singer of the kindie rock band, The Jimmies, she has throngs of first graders throwing animal crackers and tantrums at her feet and as the mastermind of the social media accessory company, Survival of The Hippest, she's relied upon to bring imaginative ridiculousness to the masses on a semi-regular basis. In her free time, she snacks extravagantly, brainstorms diligently and writes her own bedtime stories, but always falls asleep before finishing them.
pizza delivery guy
kitchen knife salesman
He currently stands as the #4 ISA ranked shuffleboard player in the world.
THE RP CREW
Nickname? Big Head Todd
Dogs, humans or cats? Cats
What’s your most embarrassing moment? You know how when you’re at Aunt Lou’s for Thanksgiving dinner and you’re introducing your newish girlfriend to your aunt’s even newer boyfriend but you accidentally refer to her by the name of your ex-girlfriend? Tom is long gone, but I’m still with what’s her name!
Favorite food? Pears
Favorite cocktail? Malört
Nickname? Mai Tai
Dogs, humans or cats? Dogs
What’s your most embarrassing moment? On my 13th birthday, my parents bought this massive rainbow fish piñata for my party. There were about 20 girls taking turns hitting the piñata and it would not break open. My dad said that he had a solution and came out of the garage with a chainsaw and just sawed the whole thing in half…. It was empty. They didn’t know know they had to stuff it with candy.
Favorite food? Dim Sum… if that counts.
Favorite cocktail? Extra dirty Tito’s martini with 4 olives
Nickname? Sups or Heartbreaker
Dogs, humans or cats? Can’t we love cats and dogs?
What’s your most embarrassing moment? Honestly, there’s been a lot of little things… but the fact that at age 4 I was stupid enough to believe my older sister that my butt was broken because it was cracked… will never cease to upset me.
Favorite food? Orange foods... carrots, bell peppers, cheetos, you know the usual… and soup.
Favorite cocktail? Shots of mezcal
Nickname? Spicy Boy
Dogs, humans or cats? Humans
What’s your most embarrassing moment? One time I was locked out of my house, so I tried to climb my side fence and when I went to jump over my jacket got caught and I hung there for 5 minutes before my dad heard me screaming and grabbed me. I watched 3 neighbors walk by and do nothing.
Favorite food? Soup dumplings or New York slice.
Favorite cocktail? Mezcal negroni