Business

Coverage of businesses originating in and/or catering to the MN geek community, including but not limited to gaming companies, publishers, stores, favorite geek hangouts, start-ups with cool ideas, and Kickstarters worth noting.

Bingley’s Is the Twin Cities’ Best-Kept Secret for Tea Lovers

There’s an unexpectedly special place hiding in an unassuming gray brick building at the corner of 24th and Stevens in Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood. There’s no sign to tell you it’s there, but if you venture up to the second floor on certain afternoons of the week and walk through a door just off the lobby area, you’ll find yourself in the tasting studio of Bingley’s Teas Limited. Most likely, you’ll be greeted by a woman standing at an ornate wooden...

Clockwerks, Minneapolis’s Steampunk Brewery, Opens for Business

The Twin Cities have no shortage of breweries—we are lucky enough to live in a city where it seems as if a new brewery or taproom opens around the corner every day. But when I learned that one of these new openings involved a steampunk-themed brewery, I needed to know more. The cofounders and co-owners of Clockwerks Brewing, Brett Michlitsch and Lonnie Manresa, were kind enough to sit down with me to answer my questions, tell me their origin...

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2016

The biggest shopping day of the year is almost here. You can find some great deals on Black Friday, and that goes for books as well—but it’s the day after that when book lovers and the people buying gifts for them will find the best bargains. Independent bookstores have run with Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative to Black Friday, with one of the big draws being author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign...

Paisley Park Opens Its Doors to Minnesota’s Prince Fans

This is what it’s like in the Dream Factory, oh! After a false start early last month, Paisley Park has officially opened its doors to the public, celebrating the life of Minnesotan legend Prince. It’s a one-of-a-kind tour that lets you see some of the spaces where the artist worked, created, and relaxed, and if you’re a longtime reader of this site, you know how big a fan I am of the music he created throughout his life, so...

Trigger King Xcaliber Adjustable Triggers: A Great MN Idea with a Fatal Design Flaw

Being an avid gamer, I’m always looking for ways to enhance my gaming experiences and improve upon my skills. I’m not one to shy away from trying something new in the hopes of finding my own personal gaming nirvana. So, naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to try the Xcaliber PS4 Adjustable Triggers by Minnesota accessory company Trigger King. Let’s start off with the package and contents. The Xcaliber trigger set comes equipped with two adjustable triggers, a precision...

The Gaming Goat’s Got the Goods

Imagine going to college, plotting your course in life, and setting down the river to find what lies ahead for you. Now imagine that shortly down the river, you come to a fork—not a large one, just small enough to paddle into. There is no telling just how big that stream can become, where it leads, or how rough the waters are. Now imagine you had the courage to take that path anyway. That is exactly what Andy Sherrill...

Minneapolis’s Milkweed Books Wants to Be Weird in the Best Way Possible

Minneapolis is getting a new bookstore—with a bit of a twist. Milkweed Editions, the local indie publisher that’s been creating books for almost 40 years, is opening a cozy shop in the Open Book building, home to Milkweed’s own editorial offices (as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, among other things). Alongside its own books, which will be in the minority when it comes to the store’s inventory, it will stock a unique...

Day-Drink and Game at Up-Down Minneapolis

Minneapolis is known for its craft beer. That’s a fact. Nothing is more refreshing on a beautiful, breezy day in the Twin Cities than enjoying your favorite brew. And earlier this summer, a new bar opened in Uptown that combines that refreshment with something else I love: casual gaming. Up-Down Minneapolis has only been open for a couple months, but it’s my new favorite place to meet up with friends. A photo posted by Up-Down MPLS (@updownmpls) on Jun...

Fine New Foods at Fantasy Flight!

A new menu was rolled out at Roseville’s Fantasy Flight Games Center in July, and I’ll admit that, as a regular, I was very excited. Lucky for me, restaurant and games center manager (and fellow Twin Cities Geek contributor) Kyle Dekker invited a few of us down to try the new dishes and give him our thoughts, as well as pick his brain in regards to what it’s like running the gaming center and gaming in general. Throwback Thursday...

Steamship Coffee Sails Into Lyn-Lake

Steamship Coffee is your new favorite local steampunk coffee vendor. Located inside of Universe Games in Uptown, Steamship combines the loves of gaming and geekdom with quality caffeinated beverages. You don’t need to be a gamer to grab a cup of joe and you don’t even need to buy a beverage to enjoy the internet. (1G free to use!) The ultimate goal of Steamship Coffee is to build community and maximize use of this piece of prime Lyn-Lake real estate. When...
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