The ULTIMATE Minnesota Geek Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2018

Black Friday & 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 2018 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 stores are really delivering with their specials and releases this year, including special Black Friday Record Store releases. 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:

*Discount does not apply to tickets, tobacco, gift cards, Mix & Burn CDs, or any product already on sale priced, including Black Friday exclusives.

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • $5 Rhymesayers CDs
  • 30% off select Rhymesayers vinyl
  • 50% off select Rhymesayers accessories
  • 50% off phone chargers
  • 75% off Atmosphere snapback
  • 50% off select Rhymesayers apparel
  • Early-bird deal (9:00 to 11:00 a.m. only): 50% off Rhymesayers anniversary deluxe edition vinyl LP

All deals are available both online and in-store.

Grimm Bebop
1832 E 38th St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
(612) 230-9893
Map Link

Specials on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Exclusive independent Record Store Day releases on Friday, November 23
  • Several in-store specials—stop in to check them out!

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 need—or something perfect for those special someones on your gift list!

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

Specials on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Get a free reusable Knit & Bolt bag when you spend over $10
  • Only on Friday, November 23, all plaid fabric and tweed yarn will be 20% off

On Saturday, November 24, you can also meet the maker behind the lovely local hand-dyed Sunshine Yarn Fun. Katharine will be there all day with new yarns, fun bags, and a special #shopsmall yarn dyed just for the day.

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 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.

All Systems Go Games and Movies
158 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 331-0028
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 30% off select items
  • 10% off everything else
  • Board-game rental period extended to 7 days at no extra charge through the holiday season
  • All purchases over $20 enter you into a drawing to win a copy of Fallout: The Board Game

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 40% off recent releases, trade paperbacks, and supplies
  • 30% off display books and Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! singles

Comic Book College
4632 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55419

(612) 822-2309
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 30% off back issues
  • 20% off everything else except this week’s new comics

The store will also have a creator signing this weekend with Erik T. Johnson (The Outliers) and Tim Sievert (Clandestinauts) on Sunday, November 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Promotional poster for Erik T Johnson Tim Sievert signing

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

and

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

and

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

and

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 50¢ comic-book back issues or 25 for $10
  • 20% off Yu-Gi-Oh! singles
  • 25% off Pokémon box sets
  • 30% off board games
  • Additional big discounts on select Games Workshop games!

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:

Gamerheadz
10 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 926-3155
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday:

  • 10% – 20% off all pre-owned games and game accessories
  • 20% off all retro games when you buy a retro game system
  • 15% off your purchase when you donate to the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive (does not combine with other discounts)
  • 10% off all toys, figures, collectibles, and pre-owned games
  • Buy 2, get one for 1¢ pre-owned games
  • $20 to $50 off PS3/260/SP4/XONE/WiiU systems

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 20% off comics, board games, role-playing, and Magic singles
  • 15% off Games Workshop titles
  • Buy 1, get 1 free on Star Wars: Legion
  • Buy 1, get 1 50% off on Munchkin TCG, Transformers TCG, graphic novels, Funko Pop!, and Running Press mini kits
  • $5 Door Busters: fairy figurines, fairy necklaces, and den playmats

Games by James (Roseville)
327 Rosedale Center #652
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-0701
Map Link

and

Games by James (Burnsville)
1032 Burnsville Center
Burnsville, MN 55306
(952) 892-1004
Map Link

and

Games by James (Bloomington)
Mall of America
358 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 854-4747
Map Link

and

Games by James (Edina)
2510 Southdale Center
Edina, MN 55435
(952) 925-9656
Map Link

and

Games by James (Minnetonka)
Ridgedale Center
12529 Wayzata Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
(952) 545-6616
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Double Victory Points for all Victory Point Members on Friday, November 23
  • Gifts available with your purchase
    $25—ONE of the following: spinner, Sixteen, or illusion rings
    $40—TWO of the following: spinner, Sixteen, or illusion rings
    $50—THREE of the following: spinner, Sixteen, or illusion rings
    $75—ONE of the following: Twin Cities-opoly, Tummple, or Pie Face
    $100—ONE of the following: Twin Cities-opoly, Tummple, or Pie Face AND THREE of the following: spinner, Sixteen, or illusion rings
  • For every spinner you buy, Games by James will donate one to the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive

Games N Go
327 Rosedale Center #190
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 636-6099
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 25% off third-party controllers
  • 15% off your purchase when you donate to the Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive (does not combine with other discounts)
  • 10% off entire store
  • New Nintendo Switch consoles for $249.99
  • Doorbusters: $1 Atari cartrdiges, $2 Skylanders, $3 Strategy Guides, $4 Amiibos, and $5 cables

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:

  • 10% off TCG market price for all TCG singles
  • 60% off manufacturer’s sticker price for all clearance items
  • Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon, and Final Fantasy boxes only $84.99
  • 6 giveaway tiers throughout the day


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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 10% off entire store
  • Roll a 20-sided die for a chance at an even higher discount

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 10% off new video games, game systems, and accessories
  • 4 for $10 DVD movies
  • Buy 1, get 1 free MagicPokémon, and Yu-Gi-Oh! singles
  • Buy 1, get 1 free and buy 1, get 1 50% off used video games, DVD sets, and blu-rays

Deals available at all Hi-Score Games locations.

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 back issues under $25
  • 40% off apparel
  • 30% off back issues over $25
  • 25% off toys*, trade paperbacks, and hardcovers
  • 20% off statues

*Excludes Slideshow and Hot Toys products. Additional restrictions may apply.

Hub Hobby (Little Canada)
82 Minnesota Ave.
Little Canada, MN 55117
(651) 490-1675
Map Link

and

Hub Hobby (Richfield)
6410 Penn Ave. S
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 866-9575
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Discounts throughout the store for Black Friday through the weekend—stop in to check them out!

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:

  • 75% off a huge selection of trade paperbacks
  • 50% off back issues
  • $1 books are discounted to 50¢ or 25 for $10
  • Select toys only $5

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

and

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Buy 2, get 1 free on everything in store
  • Shop on Friday, November 23, and get a $5 coupon to use on Saturday or Sunday
  • Free and discounted events through the weekend

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 20% off everything in store, including games, Magic singles, bulk coffee, and drinks
  • Extra Magic: The Gathering deals: $20 Commander decks, $80 M19 boxes, and $25 bundles

Mind’s Eye Comics
200 E Travelers Trail, Suite 105
Burnsville, MN 55337
(952) 492-9350
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday*:

  • 80% off hardcovers
  • 60% off trade paperbacks
  • 50% off single issues
  • 40% off all toys and games (including Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering)

New release shelves are not included in the sale.

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 20% off all games
  • Spend $25 or more and win a $5, $10, $20, or $50 gift card or an amazing Mischiefying goodie
  • Hot cider and free cookies!

Punch-Out Gaming
828 Lake St S
Forest Lake, MN 55025
(651) 464-9820
Map Link

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • 30% off all video games, systems, accessories, Pokémon, Skylanders, Fortnite, and more*
  • Buy 2, get 1 free for all video games**

*Sale excludes Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons products.
**In store only. Free game must be of equal or lesser value. Buy 2, get 1 Free cannot be combined with 30% off sale.

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

Specials on Black Friday:

  • Annual Black Friday sale event with many sale items and free soda and snacks, prize drawings, and blowout specials
  • Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the food shelf and get 15% off your purchase (Adventure Club members get the food-shelf discount stacked on their regular 10% for a total of 25% off)

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

Specials on Small Business Saturday:

  • Sales on select board games, Star Wars miniature games, Games Workshop, and RPGs
  • Free hot chocolate and coffee

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Make any purchase at Universe Games and get 50% off a basic drink at Steamship Coffee & Tea (see separate Steamship specials below)
  • 66% off clearance
  • 33% off board games
  • Magic: The Gathering boxes for $84.88
  • Magic trade-in bonuses:
    $0.01–2.99 + 100%
    $3.00–6.99 + 60%
    $20.00–44.99 + 25%
    $45 and up + 11%
  • More specials to be announced Friday morning on the store’s Facebook page

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 Bottling tours at 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 (limited space)
  • Whistler Soda bottles for $1 each and cases for $20
  • Free Soda Festival T-shirt with any non-Whistler case purchase
  • Billy the Soda Jerk will be in the store for the long-awaited launch of Billy’s Bubble Pop!
  • Santa will be there from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and available for pictures
  • Free soda tastings
  • Free popcorn

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

Specials on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

  • Buy 1, get 1 30% for all drinks
  • 50% off a basic drink if you make any purchase at Universe Games

Don’t Forget the Holiday Drive!

As mentioned above, all of the stores on this page are hosting donation boxes for the 2018 Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive. 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 hashtag #GiveTCG to spread the word!


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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