Have you ever had the inclination to use Wolverine’s claws to shred meat for a cheese steak? Ever aspire to be The Legend of Zelda’s Link in your bathroom? Have you ever asked yourself what a waffle keyboard would taste like?
Thanks to the virtual marketplace known as ThinkGeek — which came online in 1999 — legions of geeks, nerds, and fanboys haven’t had to ask these ‘what if’ questions. Instead, Trekkies, Potter heads, and gamers could shop for apparel, home and office decor, electronics, gadgets, and (seemingly) useless trinkets from the comfort of their own homes.
In 2015, the brand opened its first brick-and-mortar location in an Orlando, Florida mall and have since expanded to multiple stores in more than 10 states across the U.S. including one in Seattle’s Northgate Mall, which opened last winter.
The next location is slated to open at 10 a.m. this Friday, May 19, in the Tacoma Mall. Like many of the previous brick-and-mortar locations to open, ThinkGeek is expecting (and encouraging) its fans to come out in droves, fully clad in costume.
“ThinkGeek is thrilled to be opening a store in Tacoma as the community has already given us a very warm welcome,” said Steven Wilson, district manager for ThinkGeek. “Our ThinkGeek concept makes it possible for everyone to embrace their inner geek with collectibles and novelty items from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Minecraft, Zelda, DC Comics, Game of Thrones, Marvel, Geek labs, super heroes, and more.”
During the grand opening festivities, there also will be plenty of opportunities for fans of the brand to walk away with free commemorative collectibles — the first person in line will receive a golden mascot collectible and subsequent customers will be given a free grand opening pin while supplies last. But Wilson said he hopes customers who come out for the festivities also will find the perfect gift for a loved one or collectible for themselves.
“Where else can you find a Lightsaber laser pointer, or the Hot Pocket sleeping bag, or find a great selection of Star Wars swim suits,” Wilson said. “ThinkGeek is the perfect place to find that unique, mind blowing gift for your graduate, father, or for any geeky day.”