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.

Facing a Challenge as Event Promoters Work to Bring Music to the Masses

Music is a billion-dollar industry where touring can make or break an artist, or a promoter. For those who love music that’s on the fringe, it can be difficult to see a favorite band without traveling out of town to the nearest place they are touring. For the promoters, getting these bands to come to Minneapolis instead of, or as well as, places like Chicago can be difficult as well as expensive. Many bands can only afford to be...

The MN Guide to Independent Bookstore Day 2018

April 28, 2018 is a great day for book lovers: it’s Independent Bookstore Day! Minnesota has a huge number of indie bookshops, and most of them will be celebrating in one way or another. Certain officially participating stores will have exclusive Independent Bookstore Day items—which can include advance reader copies, posters, clothing, and more—and many will have a variety of sales, author appearances, free treats, and other goodies. Two local programs will give you even more chances for freebies....

Machines Will Inherit the Earth in Planetarium

Occasionally, I browse through Kickstarter looking for new projects to contribute to, because I am more than willing to back any project I think I would thoroughly enjoy. Kicking off 2018, writer and illustrator Chance Wyatt Oberlander, who publishes as Chance Wyatt, reached out to me with details on the new Kickstarter campaign for his illustrated book Planetarium. I have been a fan of this author’s work for a while now due to his book Census, which I reviewed in 2016....

Here’s the Buzz on Bizzy Coffee Shots

Being an occasional barista at Steamship Coffee & Tea has taught me how important it is to support local businesses. In addition to purchasing pounds of coffee at Steamship, I was able to try out coffee espresso shots from Bizzy Coffee—a company devoted to sustainability and improving the environment. The production of the cold-brew coffee shots are done in Minneapolis, so buying espresso shots from Bizzy does help to support the Minneapolis coffee scene. Bizzy Coffee sent a couple free samples of...

The Twin Cities Geek 2017 Holiday Toy & Book Drive Was a HUGE SUCCESS!

The donations have been tallied, the gifts have been given, and thanks to all of you the third annual Twin Cities Geek Holiday Toy & Book Drive was our most successful yet! The Twin Cities geek community came together once again to make the holidays brighter for so many Twin Cities families, and you really outdid yourselves this year, with an unprecedented number of contributions—the 2017 drive collected 2,784 toys and gifts and 2,207 books, graphic novels, manga, and comics...

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

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....

The MN Bookstore Guide to Black Friday and Small Business Saturday 2017

Thanksgiving weekend features some of the biggest shopping days of the year, and seeing as Minneapolis and St. Paul are always popping up on lists of America’s most literate cities, you can be sure a lot of the purchases around these parts will be books. In addition to Black Friday, independent bookstores have been celebrating Small Business Saturday over the last few years as a shop-local alternative, with author Sherman Alexie’s Indies First campaign helping to bring authors into...

5 Tips for Getting a Job in Book Publishing

You’ve always loved books. Maybe you’re the word nerd of your friend group, or maybe you’re an evangelist for your favorite sci-fi series—whatever the angle, you’ve decided you want to turn that love into a career, but you’re not sure know how to get your foot in the door. The usual career advice like setting up informational interviews and finding local networking groups is just as applicable to publishing as it is to most other industries, but here are...

Publishing Style Guides Catch Up with the Singular “They”

Every five years or so, a new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style hits editors’ desks. This style bible is used by editors at most American book publishers and some magazines and websites (including Twin Cities Geek) to make sure everything they publish is clear, correct, and consistent. The 1,146-page 17th edition dropped this September, and one of the most talked-about updates was the expanded guidelines on using they as a singular pronoun. Before diving in to those...

St. Paul’s Newest Brewery Will Bring Local Beer Drinkers Back in Time

It sometimes seems like there’s a new brewery opening in the Twin Cities every month. Maybe that’s music to your ears, or maybe you’re starting to get brewery fatigue—but no matter which side of the spectrum you fall on, there’s no denying that Waldmann Brewery and Wurstery is a different kind of place to wet your whistle. Opening October 1, Waldmann is a German American taproom with a very historical twist. Not only is it located in the same...
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