The ULTIMATE Minnesota Geek Guide to Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

Twin Cities Geek 2016 Black Friday and Small Business Saturday ULTIMATE GUIDE

Planning to start your holiday shopping, support local geek businesses, or just take advantage of some amazing deals this weekend? Well, we’ve done all the legwork for you and are happy to provide your ultimate Minnesota geek guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! We’ve arranged all of the businesses into categories and featured what sorts of bargains and events they’re offering this year right under their address, complete with a Google Maps link to make life easy.

Music Emporiums

Music geeks rejoice, because your favorite independent music and hip-hop stores are really delivering with their specials and releases this year. Check ’em out!

Electric Fetus
2000 4th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 870-9300
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

Fifth Element
2411 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 377-0044
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • New Rhymesayers items and Black Friday exclusives!
  • Early bird $1 CDs 9:00–11:00 a.m.!
  • Early bird 40% off CDs 9:00–11:00 a.m.!
  • $5 Rhymesayers CDs!
  • 50% off Rhymesayers LPs!
  • 25% off Rhymesayers/Fifth Element tees!
  • $25 Rhymesayers/Fifth Element hoodies!
  • MORE miscellaneous Rhymesayers deals!
  • 15% off 7-inch vinyl!
  • 20% off books!
  • 20% off select box sets!
  • 10% off art supplies!

Art, Craft, & Cosplay Supply Stores

Now is a great time to stock up on cosplay, craft, and art supplies from some awesome local merchants who will help you find exactly what you—or that special someone on your gift list—needs!

Crafty Planet
2833 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1180
Map Link

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • Special “Shop Small” deals in store on Saturday!

Midwest Makeup Supply
617 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-2150
Map Link

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • Customer appreciation party with holiday treats!
  • 15% off Kryolan Aquacolor bodypaint, SFX wheels, Aquacolor palettes, liquid latex, spirit gum, theatrical cremes, modeling wax, and translucent setting powders!
  • 10% off Kryolan pressed powder refills, all Mehron, and Sugarpill!
  • FREE makeup eraser mini or blending sponge with $25 purchase while supplies last!

Wet Paint
684 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 698-6431
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

Games, Toys, and Comics Consortiums

Whether you’re shopping for your kids, your significant other(s), your siblings, your friends, or yourself, Minnesota’s wealth of local game, toy, and comics shops are sure to have what you need. You really don’t want to miss the amazing discounts so many of them are offering.

Brickmania
Mall of America, 352 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-9850
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • New product launches! Your first chance to get an Antique Visible Gas Pump and World War II German, American, and US Marine Fire Team squads!
  • FREE Pak 38 5-centimeter Anti-Tank Gun when you purchase the SdKfz 250 custom Lego kit!

Comic Book College
3145 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 822-2309
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Sunday:

  • HUGE storewide Black Friday sale!
  • 30% off back issues!
  • 25% off graphic novels!
  • 25% off toys, action figures, statues!
  • 20% off Magic cards!
  • 20% off comic-book supplies!
  • $6 select graphic novels!
  • 50¢ comics!
  • Plus a few other surprises!

Dreamers Vault Games
4701 Hiawatha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 724-4543
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 25% off sealed Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z, Force of Will, Weiss Schwarz, and Vanguard products on Black Friday! (Sale excludes Magic booster boxes, From the Vault sets, and Eternal Masters)
  • $100 Magic booster boxes on Black Friday!
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! duel day at 3:00 p.m. Saturday: a demo of the game and a free tournament with a playmat and promo card-prizes
  • Free Magic Standard Showdown tournament at 6:00 p.m. Saturday at which players can win new Standard Showdown booster packs (with a 1 in 33 chance to get a Masterpiece or Zendikar Expedition!)
  • Saturday also kicks off the store’s “buy a box of Kaladesh” holiday promotion: Anyone who buys a box of Kaladesh will also receive two special buy-a-box booster packs!

Fantasy Flight Games Center
1975 County Rd. B2 W
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 379-3801
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

Highlander Games
3952 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
(612) 479-0870
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 10% off all Pirate Lab carrying cases and used video games!
  • 20% off Magic and Pokémon singles!
  • 25% off all board games!
  • 50% off Skylanders starter packs and figures!
  • $10 off cover price of select RPG books!
  • $25 Pokémon decks!
  • More to be announced Friday and Saturday in the store and on the Highlander Games Facebook page!

Hot Comics & Collectibles
224 Broadway St. S
Jordan, MN 55352
(952) 492-7870
Map Link

and

Hot Comics & Collectibles
6609 Nicollet Ave.
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 798-3936
Map Link

and

Hot Comics & Collectibles
3532 Winnetka Ave. N
New Hope, MN 55427
(763) 593-1223
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday, and Monday:

  • 50% off regular back issues under $15!
  • 25% off collectible back issues $15 and over!
  • 30% off trade paperbacks, hardcovers and apparel!
  • 25% off toys!
  • 15% off statues!
  • 75% off clearance toys and books!
  • “NO .99 SALE” on recent release comics ($2.99 books are $2.00, $3.99 books are $3.00, etc.)!
  • Extended hours (8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.) on Black Friday!
  • Discounts do not apply to this week’s new releases, Sideshow, or Hot Toys products

Issues Needed Comics
15465 Cedar Ave. S #160
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 683-9339
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 30% or more off select comics!

The Gamer’s Den
140 Buchanan St. N #142
Cambridge, MN 55008
(763) 689-5370
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Huge Black Friday Sale!
  • 50 to 80% off annual Christmas clearance items!
  • Buy 1 get 50% off on almost everything!
  • Comics in boxes just $1.00 each!
  • $100 regular Magic sets and Magic booster boxes
  • Get a Black Friday goodie bag when you spend $100 or more!

Level Up Games
207 13th Ave. S
South St. Paul, MN 55075
(651) 493-9176
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • HUGE Black Friday event!
  • Buy two, get one FREE for the whole store—buy two things in the store, get a third thing FREE (excludes booster boxes, Planechase Anthology, and Advent Calendar)
  • $89.99 standard Magic and Pokémon booster boxes
  • $124.99 Planechase Anthology (available at midnight)
  • $79.99 2016 Brettspiel Advent Calendar
  • FREE standard and modern Friday Night Magic and Draft only $10!
  • Expanded hours! Open Thursday 10:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. and Friday 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.!

Marbles: The Brain Store
Mall of America, 216 West Market
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-5804
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 10% off purchases of $150 or more—stacks with all other promos!
  • 20% off select items, including some Little Bits Kits, Osmo Genius and Creative sets, rubber-band launchers, Fundapop, the Sherlock puzzle, Michelanga Dough, and DYO marble maze with virtual reality
  • $30 off Sphero SPRK+
  • FREE Holly Jolly and Jazzy CD with any purchase!
  • FREE Brain Tickler with $25 purchase!
  • FREE Marbles Classics Collection with $75 purchase!
  • Only available while supplies last!

Mead Hall Games & Comics
1425 LaSalle Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 315-3945
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Huge Black Friday sale!
  • Buy two get one free on Magic singles!
  • Comic back issues 25¢ each!
  • 25% off virtually everything in the store!
  • FREE Friday Night Magic and $10 Draft!

Mischief Toy Store
818 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 493-3307
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 10% off on all games, pop figures, and T-shirts!
  • FREE $10 gift card when you spend $75 in store!
  • Enter to win a $70 prize basket full of goodies!
  • Enjoy FREE hot cider and cookies!

Source Comics & Games
2057 Snelling Ave. N
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 645-0386
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Gigantic Black Friday sale!
  • FREE snacks!
  • Blowout items!
  • Door prizes and giveaways!
  • Mayhem, revelry, and fun!
  • Bring a nonperishable food item for Minnesota food shelves and get double your regular Adventure Card discount!

Tower Games
3920 Nicollet Ave #150
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 823-4477
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Huge table of marked down games and accessories!
  • 10% off all Games Workshop miniatures!
  • 25% off Tournament Tray when you purchase a Warmachine/Hordes starter box!
  • 50% off Tournament Tray when you purchase a Guild Ball starter box!
  • 50% off Fate Deck when you purchase a Malifaux starter box!
  • FREE beverage when you spend over $50 in store!
  • End of the Line release party on Saturday!

Toyriffic
2950 White Bear Ave.
Maplewood, MN 55109
(651) 748-9455
Map Link

and

Toyriffic
2111 Coulee Rd.
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-0003
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 75% off PSP games, GBA games, PS2 games under $19.99, original PlayStation games, and strategy guides!
  • 50% OFF Atari/Intellivision/CollecoVision games, SEGA (Master, Genesis, 32X, Sega CD, Saturn, DreamCast, GameGear) games, 3DO games, Xbox and 360 games, original DS games, original Wii games, PS3 games, ALL action figures, Star Wars figures, and Magic common cards
  • 50% off all preowned games when you buy any console!
  • 25% off all preowned gaming accessories, NES games, Super NES games, N64 games, GameCube games, PS2 games $20 and over, toys-to-life (Skylanders, Amiibo), wall scrolls, plushies, keychains, lanyards, and rare case/sections!
  • 10% off 3DS games, WiiU games, PS4/X1 games!
  • Buy one get one FREE on anime movies!
  • Buy one get one FREE on box-set and Blu-ray movies!
  • Can’t make it on Black Friday? Get the sale for the whole month of November when you mention this Facebook post!

Universe Games
711 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 844-1011
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 11% off all purchases, and 25% off for VIPs! (excludes Magic singles)
  • 50% off VIP memberships!

Village Games
11591 Theatre Dr. N
Champlin, MN 55316
(763) 506-0303
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 20% or more off all in-store products!

Delicious Beverage Purveyors

It doesn’t matter whether you’re interested in a treat for yourself or for your upcoming holiday party—you can’t go wrong with these local geek-owned-and-operated establishments!

Blue Sun Soda Shop
1625 County Hwy. 10 D
Spring Lake Park, MN 55432
(763) 432-0704
Map Link

  • Grand reopening on Small Business Saturday!
  • Santa will be in store 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—children are welcome to sit on his lap! Bring your camera!
  • FREE tours of the Whistler Bottling line—come see a 1952 Dixie Bottler in action!
  • FREE soda tastings!
  • Four pinball games all on FREE play!
  • FREE popcorn!
  • HUGELY expanded candy selection!
  • Climb and play in the Blue Sun Delivery truck, the 1935 Chevy one-ton!
  • Billy the Soda Jerk will be working!

Steamship Coffee & Tea
711 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 844-1011
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Buy one get one 30% off all hot drinks!

Book Boutiques

What would an ultimate geek shopping guide be without bookstores? Sorely lacking, that’s what. That is exactly why we have an entire separate guide just for Minnesota independent bookstores! And it is huge! Click here to check it out.


Don’t Forget the Holiday Drive!

Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive 2016

All of the awesome stores above are hosting 2016 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive donation boxes this year! So why not take advantage of the deals to add to one of the boxes before you leave the store, and make someone’s holiday brighter? It feels really good to do good, we promise!

Curious what kinds of items we are collecting in the Holiday Drive? Click here to find out.

And if you do add a little something to a donation box, snap a selfie and share it on Twitter or Facebook with the #GiveTCG hashtag to show all your friends!

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