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Family-run business offers family fun

SAN MARCOS — As families, we just aren’t connecting like we used to. Even when we’re all in the same room together, everyone is using their smartphones, tablets and laptops. We might be connected online, but we’ve moved farther and farther away from connecting in person with the most important people in our lives — our families.

Darrell Meddings, owner of Billiards & Barstools, knows how to fix this problem. “The family that plays together, stays together, I always say,” he said.

Located in San Marcos, Billiards & Barstools carries a full line of high-end products aimed at bringing the fun and interaction back to family time. “We carry foosball tables, air hockey tables, shuffle board tables, ping pong tables, and of course, pool tables,” Meddings said.

“Kids these days are into their devices,” he said. “They aren’t talking to each other, they aren’t communicating.”

Things are a little different in the Meddings family. “When my grandkids come over, they’re playing pool and ping pong, and they’re talking,” he said. Rather than trying to force family time onto kids who would much rather be hooked up to their electronics, Meddings suggests any one or combination of the top-quality products at his store will make spending time with family more enjoyable for everyone.

A recent customer came in with his wife to purchase a pool table, and his wife told Meddings, “Oh I won’t be playing pool.” The man came back later and told Meddings that not only was she playing pool, she was playing it all the time with her son and loving it. These are the types of stories the staff at Billiards & Barstools hear time and time again.

Anyone concerned with the commitment involved with buying a pool table will be pleased to learn that it can also be converted into a dining table or a ping pong table. Additionally, there are outdoor game tables available that work well in our Southern California climate since we’re outside for much of the year.

Billiards & Barstools offers Internet price matching for their top-quality merchandise, and they also have professionals to help you maintain your pool tables.

“I’ve been in business since 1989,” Meddings said. “We offer high-end products and professional service work. But what we really offer is quality family time.” When you stop by, don’t be surprised to meet Meddings on the sales floor. He takes pride in his business and being accessible. “I’m not one of those hide-in-the-back owners,” he said with a laugh.

Billiards & Barstools is located at 330 Rancheros Drive in San Marcos. They are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information about the game tables, furniture and accessories available, call (760) 471-9208 or visit