Whether you identify as a geek or nerd, our interests have never been so widely accessible like it is now: everything from aliens to zombies is a part of popular culture worldwide, and that includes right here in Downtown New West!
So grab your adventuring gear and get ready, ‘cause we’re going on a quest for some downtown geeky havens!
Finding Epic Loot at Gamedeals, 407 Columbia St
Gamedeals is the local video game stop downtown: its perfect combo of friendly, knowledgeable staff and constant upkeep of retro and modern games makes this a must-see for collectors and old-school gamers. (Psst: they’re also sponsors for one of the biggest retro gaming events happening this Saturday, June 23rd: check out Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo online for the deets!)
Artist’s Alley at The Wylde Wood Collective, River Market
Hours: Sun-Th 10–6; Fri-Sat 10–7
The moment you walk up to the store, the Wylde Wood Collective displays beautifully-themed works of art: from fantasy art prints to steampunk accessories, the Collective’s members are driven to offer an ever-shifting unique selection of wares each season so that every visit is a brand-new experience!
Thinking Geeks at Fraser Discovery Centre, 788 Quayside Drive
What’s great about being a geek is that it can be educational and fun at the same time, and visiting Fraser Discovery Centre is no exception. A great time for geeks of all ages, the Centre is perfect for those willing to put their ‘Cap of Owl’s Wisdom +3’ on and learn more about the Fraser and its ecosystem!
Table Top Time with Board Game Warriors, 708 Clarkson Street
Kirby at Board Game Warriors is a one-man show, but you wouldn’t think it at first glance. The store is off the beaten path, but stacked wall-to-wall with options for weekly board game nights with your friends & family, plus a website for hosting casual events and looking up some rare board game finds.
Geeks Deserve Chic at B-Bombshell Salon, 708 Columbia Street
Hours: M 11–5; T 9–6; W-F 9–9; S 9–6; S 11–7
It’s more important than ever in geek culture to feel welcome, and B-Bombshell is dedicated to offering customers high-quality styling products & services in an inclusive, relaxed space. You might be there for a stylish haircut, but between the friendly team and geeky décor, you’ll feel like you’re right at home.
Ding! ‘Grats, you leveled up! How about trying a higher difficulty and hunt for other geeky spots around downtown?