Geeky Grinds (Photo courtesy of Tucson Games and Gadgets)

Geeky Grinds: Tucson Games and Gadgets’ New Coffee Shop to Open Soon

August 15, 2023
By Matt Sterner

"A café for fans of fantasy, whimsy, and all things magical."

Tucson Games and Gadgets has been on a roll lately when it comes to entertaining geeks, gamers, and practically anyone who’s looking for some fun. Just a couple of years ago, the store opened The Short Rest Tavern inside the Tucson mall — a dimly-lit bar equipped with board games, magical decks of cards, and elixirs straight out of the cauldron.

Geeky Grinds is the next venture by Tucson Games and Gadgets, which is scheduled to open later this month or by early September at 4500 N. Oracle Rd. Once the doors open, the new coffee shop will be located on the second floor, across from Dillards, and right next to PacSun.

The Tucson Games and Gadgets crew has also thrown together a Kickstarter to score a little extra cash throughout the process. The funds will go toward purchasing a top-notch commercial espresso machine and other much-needed items for Geeky Grinds.

“At Geeky Grinds, we are on a mission to create a unique and welcoming destination for the community, a haven where the love for Pop Culture, Books, Poetry, and Games converge over the perfect cup of coffee. Located in the heart of Tucson Mall, our coffee shop aims to be a sanctuary for all enthusiasts of the geeky realm.”

Mark Kadow of Geeky Grinds, Tucson Games and Gadgets, and The Short Rest Tavern, is currently gathering possible coffee roasting prospects for the coffee shop — providing more than one option is what they’re setting their sights on.

“We will hopefully be serving up some local coffee from Yellow Brick Coffee as well as Italian Coffee from Lavazza,” said Kadow. “And, of course, Dungeons and Dragons-themed coffee from Geek Grind Coffee.

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(Photo courtesy of Geek Grind Coffee)

Geeky Grinds (not to be confused with Geek Grind Coffee) will also be serving a few baked goods to keep your energy goin’ strong during an intense game of Magic: The Gathering. Expect to see daily varieties of pastries, bagels, and more.

“We are hoping to have several different events including poetry readings, book readings and signings, and other nerd faire,” said Kadow. “Possibly even chess meet-ups over coffee!”

Geeky Grinds will be located inside the Tucson Mall at 4500 N. Oracle Rd. The coffee shop is aiming to be open by the last week of August, but keep up with the latest by following Tucson Games and Gadgets on Instagram and visiting

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