Get ready to get your game on. Labyrinth Game Shop, the newest player in Capitol Hill’s retail field, is celebrating their debut with a Grand Opening this Saturday, December 4, from 12 – 7pm. They’ve planned a great line-up of fun for the day, including games, custom puzzle crafts, prizes, drawings, and a special appearance by local Rubik’s Cube Master, William Neidecker-Gonzales, who will demo his cubing skills and offer solving tips.
The celebration isn’t the only reason to visit the store. To say that Labyrinth’s got game is not just a cliché, but a massive understatement. The shop has game(s) galore — for all ages, for every interest, old and new, familiar and obscure, educational, eco-friendly, hand-crafted, board games, active games, puzzles, books, individual play, group play. I have been there twice since its soft opening a week ago and still have an itch to go back and examine the full scope.
Of course, it takes more than inventory to make a good store, and I think Labyrinth has it. Both times I visited, owner Kathleen Donahue welcomed me personally and was more than happy to show me around and talk about the store (before knowing I might be writing about it). It’s obvious she knows her games and is passionate about both the store as well as its surrounding community — a program is already in place to donate a new educational game or puzzle to the school that wins their monthly “What’s your favorite school?” contest.
And the community is welcome to do more than just shop. Tables are set up at the back of the store where customers can try out their purchases and where gaming events will eventually take place. Another table in the kids game area is covered with a big coloring mat and markers, and it’s low and accessible to little ones, so they can play while parents shop. The store is also available for special events, including birthday parties for ages 5 and up (cost is $15/person for first two hours, $50 for each additional hour, and they even offer to arrange all of the details).
Check it all out for yourself this Saturday. If you can’t make it to the Grand Opening, put it on your shopping list, and not just for the holidays.
Labyrinth Game Shop is located at 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, just steps away from Eastern Market Metro.