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.

An Open Letter From the Shieldmaidens Regarding Source Comics and Games

On October 8, 2018, Lisa Olson, a former employee of Roseville’s Source Comics and Games, published a Facebook post about her experience as an employee that went viral and elicited many comments from both customers and other former employees about their experiences in the store. Below is an open letter that was sent to Twin Cities Geek this week by the game masters who run the Kattakemeros and Kosnos games at the store on Sundays. Shieldmaiden Sundays are a casual meetup in the...

Twin Cities–Based ClipDifferent Is Building Community with an Empowering Invention

You wouldn’t think that something as simple as clipping one’s nails could build relationships and community, but let me tell you some stories. The first is mine. I have had dwarfism and rheumatoid arthritis my whole life. When I was just a little girl, my grandfather and I would have a routine when he came to visit: I would sit on Papa’s lap and we would read the comics. After the comics, he would clip my nails and we...

The Twin Cities’ New Alamo Drafthouse Is a Full-Blown Cinema Experience

Full disclosure: I’m the friend in the friend group who doesn’t always get the appeal of going out to the movies. That’s not a negative against the industry or anything—it’s just not high on my priority list. It usually takes a special kind of movie to get me to leave the house, spring for tickets and popcorn, then settle in for two-plus hours of cinema. (But I did see Black Panther three times.) That being said, the Alamo Drafthouse in...

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...
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