The ULTIMATE Minnesota Geek Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Twin Cities Geek 2017 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.

All of the awesome stores below are hosting 2017 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive donation boxes! 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.

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:

  • 20% off storewide*
  • Exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day releases
  • Erik Koskinen will play a free set at 2:00 p.m. on Black Friday to celebrate the release of his forthcoming EP Cruising Paradise
  • January coupon books with every purchase

*Sale excludes gift cards, tickets, tobacco products, Mix & Burn CDs, and yellow-tagged music already on sale, including exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day releases.

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 10% off select art supplies
  • 15% to 20% off select Rhymesayers apparel
  • 20% off books
  • 25% off Soundset tees
  • 30% off portable phone chargers
  • 40% off select Rhymesayers releases (early bird deal from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. only)
  • 50% off select Rhymesayers vinyl
  • Select $1 Rhymesayers CDs (early bird deal from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. only; after 11:00 a.m. CDs will be $5)
  • New MF Doom apparel releases
  • Exclusive Black Friday Record Store Day releases
  • 7-inch record of Aesop Rock‘s newest single, “Hot Dogs,” will be available in store only—limited quantities, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!
  • Free meet and greet with Grieves at noon on Friday
  • Drawings on Friday to win two pairs of tickets to see Grieves at First Avenue and 7th St Entry later that evening

Art, Craft, and Cosplay Supply Stores

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

Knit & Bolt
2833 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 788-1180
Map Link

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • 20% off all fabric and yarn*
  • Buy $50 in items and get a free Knit & Bolt tote
  • Buy $100 in gift cards and get a $10 gift card
  • 20% off all Knit & Bolt T-shirts and totes

*Fabric discount will apply to cuts of ½ yard or more; does not apply to precuts or sale fabrics. Yarn from MeadowLake Fibers and Sunshine Fun Yarns will not be discounted.

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

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • 20% off your in-store purchase*
  • Free gift with $25 purchase (while supplies last; choices include Graftobian glitter, blending sponge, or silicone brush scrubber)
  • Get an additional $5 with every $25 gift card purchase
  • Mini makeovers, treats, beverages, and prizes

*Pro MUAs save 25%; 20% max discount applies on some items

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:


Japanese Culture and Anime

Are you or is someone in your life a Japanophile or otaku? Then you definitely won’t want to miss hitting up these local stores that specialize in goodies from Japan for special discounts.

Eagle Anime
Mall of America
60 E Broadway N365
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-1670
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Free box of Hello Panta when you spend $10
  • 10% off Holiday Boxes and Bundles
  • 10% off any purchase if you work in retail and like the Eagle Anime Facebook page

Tomodachi
156 Rosedale Center
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 631-1777
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Free Calpico drink when you spend $25
  • Free chocolate Pocky when you spend $50
  • Free Calpico drink, chocolate Pocky, and a bag of Hi-Chew when you spend $100

Be sure to check out Tomodachi’s Mall of America store too for similar tasty incentives: strawberry Hi-Chew at $25, green-tea Pocky at $50 and green-tea Kit Kats at $100.


Games, Toys, and Comics Establishments

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.

Captain Jack’s Comics
9060 Lyndale Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 456-6071
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 60% off back issues
  • 50% off recent releases
  • 40% off trade paperbacks
  • 30% off display books
  • 30% off storewide

Comic Book College
4632 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419

(612) 822-2309
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 30% off all back issues, graphic novels, and recent releases*
  • 20% off all Magic cards
  • 20% off all sale items*
  • Sale books $2 each or 10+ for $1 each
  • Sale graphic novels $5 each or 3+ for $4 each
  • Thousands of back issues only $0.50 each

*Does not include new releases from November 22, merchandise already on hold, or special orders.

Dreamers Vault Games (Burnsville)
14332 Burnhaven Dr.
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 895-1989
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

Black Friday

  • 30% off all board games
  • 15% off all black sleeves, play mats, dice, deck boxes, binders, and paint
  • Buy-one-get-one-free on board games
  • Back issues 50¢ each
  • $10 Magic: The Gathering drafts all day
  • White elephant gift boxes

Small Business Saturday

  • Sale on all Games Workshop products
  • Sale on TCG booster packs
  • $15 Iconic Masters modern at 2:00 p.m.
  • White-elephant gift boxes

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 30% off all board games, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks
  • 15% off all black sleeves, play mats, dice, deck boxes, binders, and paint
  • Buy-one-get-one-free on board games, graphic novels, and trades
  • $1 back issues or 15 back issues for $10 with select back issues as low as $.50 each
  • All TCG booster packs $3

Gaming events:

  • Friday, 1:00 a.m.: Iconic Masters draft ($35 with a pack of Iconic Masters per win)
  • Friday, 9:00 a.m.: Early bird Ixalan draft ($10 with a pack of Ixalan per win)
  • Friday, 10:00 a.m.: 7 Wonders casual tournament ($5 with randomly awarded prizes)
  • Friday, 2:00 p.m.: Chaos Magic draft ($15 with two packs of Iconic Masters in each pod)
  • Friday, 2:00 p.m.: Splendor casual tournament ($5 with randomly awarded prizes)
  • Friday, 4:00 p.m.: Takenoko casual tournament ($5 with randomly awarded prizes)
  • Friday, 7:00 p.m.: Friday Night Magic blackout (special tournaments, side events, and prizes)
  • Friday, 7:00 p.m.: Legend of the 5 Rings: Imperial Summons ($5 with randomly awarded prizes)
  • Saturday, 10:30 a.m.: New Pokémon and Magic kids’ league kick-off ($10, players receive 3 packs and promos for participating)
  • Saturday, 11:00 a.m.: 40K Thanksgiving ($10 with prizes; players encouraged, but not obligated, to bring Thanksgiving leftovers to share!)
  • Saturday, 3:00 p.m.: Yu-Gi-Oh! box tournament ($10, first place wins a box of Circuit Break)
  • Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Star Wars: Destiny casual tournament ($5, everyone gets a booster pack with other prizes awarded at random)
  • Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Magic standard showdown (FREE with standard showdown pack prizes)

Dreamers Vault Games (St. Louis Park)
3015 Utah Ave. S
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 938-8163
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 30% off all board games, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks
  • 15% off all black sleeves, play mats, dice, deck boxes, binders, and paint
  • White elephant gift boxes at $10 and $20
  • Gaming events (see below)
List of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017 Events at Dreamer's Vault Saint Louis Park

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017 Events at Dreamers Vault Saint Louis Park.

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:

*Discount not applicable to items already discounted

The Gaming Goat (Eagan)
10956 Diffley Road, Suite F
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 797-2670
Map Link

and

The Gaming Goat (St. Paul)
1326 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690-4628
Map Link

and

The Gaming Goat (Woodbury)
783 Radio Dr. #107
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 493-2736
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • All standard-format MTG boxes $84.99
  • All TCG singles 10% off TCG player market price
  • All Final Fantasy boxes $99.99
  • All clearance at least 50% off manufacturer’s suggested retail price
  • Free gifts with $100, $250, $500, $1,000, or $2,000 purchases (see image)
The Gaming Goat Black Friday 2017 specials

Free gift tiers at the Gaming Goat on Black Friday 2017.

Heroic Goods and Games
3456 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55406
(612) 200-9354
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Roll a 20-sided die at checkout for a chance to get between 11% and 20% off your purchase*
  • Special discounts on popular items

*Some exclusions apply. While supplies last. Rain checks available on some items.

list of items with sale prices at heroic games and goods for black friday 2017

Special Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017 markdowns at Heroic Goods and Games.

Hi-Score Video Games
McKnight 36 Plaza
2130 11th Ave. East
North Saint Paul, MN 55109
(651) 777-3011
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Buy one, get one half off on all used video games
  • Buy one, get one free on all used DVDs, Blu-rays, and DVD sets
  • 10% off storewide

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Get an additional 10% off your purchase on top of the discounts below when you donate an item to the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive!
  • Up to 50% off select games
  • 25% off Warhammer 40K
  • 20% off Magic and Pokémon singles
  • Buy 1 get 1 half off Pop vinyls
  • $5 game specials
  • Used video-game guides $1
  • Crimson Invasion prerelease box $20
  • Phase from AEG $25
  • Free $5 gift card when you buy a $20 gift card

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 and Small Business Saturday:

  • 50% off door-buster deal on back issues $15 and under from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, then 40% off after that
  • 40% off door-buster deal on trades and hardcovers from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday, then 30% off after that
  • 25% off wall books, toys, and apparel
  • 15% off statues
  • 8% off Sideshow and Hot Toys

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:

  • 55% off all comics, trade paperbacks, and toys*
  • More deals in-store

*Except this week’s new comics

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 20% off board games, role-playing games, and Magic singles
  • 15% off Games Workshop and Magic sealed items
  • Buy one, get one 50% off adult coloring books and pop-culture items
  • Buy one, get 50% off graphic novels
  • $1 comic back issues
  • Annual Christmas clearance: up to 80% off select games
  • Free goodie bag when you spend $100 (while supplies last)
  • Christmas cookies and free gift wrapping

Level Up Games
1004 Diffley Road, Suite 500
Eagan, MN 55123
(651) 454-6018
Map Link

and

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Buy two, get one free storewide*
  • Special door-buster sales for the first 20 customers at each location
  • All standard Pokémon and Magic booster boxes $89.99

*Some exclusions

Lodestone Coffee and Games
10982 Cedar Lake Road
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 657-5226
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 15% off all board games
  • 15% off all accessories
  • 20% off Magic: The Gathering singles
  • Iconic Master boxes $170

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Buy 2, get 1 free storewide*
  • Special door-buster sale for the first 20 customers
  • All standard Pokémon and Magic booster boxes $89.99

*Some exclusions

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Win a prize with any purchase over $25
  • Free T-shirt with any purchase over $100
  • Magic’s From the Vault: Transform $54.99 for local customers only
  • Free Treasure Chest Magic packs with any booster box purchase (including Ixalan and Iconic Masters)
  • Mischief mystery loot boxes available
  • Free hot cider and cookies

Gaming events:

  • Friday, 6:00 p.m.: Ixalan draft ($15)
  • Saturday, 5:00 p.m.: Beer and board games ($8, beer included, age 21 and up)

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Adventure Club card holders get their discount doubled to 20% off with a nonperishable food or cash donation for a local food shelf
  • Free pop, snacks, and door prizes
  • Blowout sale items
  • Mystery bags while supplies last
  • The Centurions will be demonstrating historical miniature gaming on the sand table

Gaming events:

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Store opens at 10:00 a.m. (instead of the usual 2:00 p.m.)
  • Board-game clearance: titles at 25% to 50% off
  • Specials on select items from GW Fantasy, Batman, Malifaux, Infinity, Warmachine/Hordes, and others
  • Get four Star Wars: Destiny boosters for free when you buy a copy of the two-player Destiny box
  • Buy-a-box Magic promo booster pack
  • Spend over $25 on Magic boosters or singles and get a free six-pack of token dice
  • Buy a core RPG book and get accessories for 25% off, including Reaper and WizKids miniatures
  • Giveaways at the Iconic Masters draft starting at 7:00 p.m.
  • Free cocoa!

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

Note: This store will be closing December 30, 2017, so you don’t have many more chances to visit! Many items are already discounted.

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 50% off preowned Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Atari, Sega, and PSP games (excluding rares)
  • 50% off Blu-ray, VHS, HD, and anime movies (excludes box sets)
  • 50% off action figures and Star Wars collectibles
  • 30% off box-set movies and Yu-Gi-Oh! cards
  • 25% off preowned Nintendo DS, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, NES, SNES, N64, Sega Master, Sega Saturn, Dreamcast, and rare games
  • 25% off picture play mats, single
  • Magic: The Gathering cards, and wall scrolls
  • 15% off pre-owned PlayStation 4 and Xbox One games
  • 10% off new holiday Barbies
  • Magic: The Gathering event deck for Theroes and Born of the Gods, $14
  • Magic: The Gathering holiday gift box for Kaladesh and Khans Tarkir, $19
  • Countdown individual dice 25¢ each

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 11% off all purchases or 15% off & Double Fivestar Points for VIPs (excludes Magic and Star Wars: Destiny singles.)
  • 25% off all play mats
  • 20% off all escape-room games (Exit, Unlock)
  • 40% off all Star Trek and D&D Attack Wing
  • Buy three dice, get one free!
  • Buy two, get one free Pathfinder and all other RPG books and accessories (except D&D)
  • Standard Magic: the Gathering booster packs three for $10
  • Star Wars: Destiny booster boxes $85.99
  • Magic: The Gathering Commander 2017 $28.99
  • Mystery bags, $10 and $20

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • Get 15% off your coffee purchase at Steamship Coffee (located in the same space) with a game purchase from Universe

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 50% off all board games

Delicious Beverage Purveyors

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

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • Free Whistler soda tastings
  • Free bottling line tours
  • Free popcorn
  • Free photos with Santa
  • Whistler soda on sale for 99¢ a bottle or $20 for a mix-and-match case of 24
  • See the Facebook event for more information

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

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

Don’t Forget the Holiday Drive!

 

Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive: Visit a Donation Box Nov 18 - Dec 13

As mentioned above, all of the stores on this page are hosting 2017 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive donation boxes. Curious what kinds of items we are collecting in the Holiday Drive or what organizations we’re collecting for? 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!


And finally . . . 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’s independent bookstores—and it is huge! Click here to check it out.

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