We’re back with part 2 of our series looking at local Birmingham-based geeky shops still serving during the lockdown.
Welcome back! If you missed our first blog then check it out here. Read on for more geeky businesses in Birmingham still serving during the current lockdown.
Worlds Apart Birmingham
Comics, manga and graphic novels.
Worlds Apart (formerly Nostalgia and Comics) on Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham city centre, is the oldest comic book shop in the UK.
Established in 1976, this geeky retailer has been serving Brummies and the world over in comic geekery for almost 50 years from their premises in Birmingham city centre. Worlds Apart sell comics, manga, graphic novels, figures and collectables, plushies and more. Their staff are friendly, passionate and brimming with comic book knowledge which means they will look after you whether you’re a newcomer or comic veteran.
What’s their status?
They’re open five days a week (except Thursdays and Sundays) 9 am – 4 pm for mail order or click and collect. You can order online via the Forbidden Planet website, over the phone or send them a message on any of their social media handles. We would recommend following their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where they post daily about their new stock items. You can also put in requests for particular items if they don’t have them in stock.
Where geeks think they’ve died and gone to heaven.
Entertainment World in Sheldon is a place like no other.
Last week we likened Toyo Toys to a corner of the Cave of Wonders from Aladdin. Well, Entertainment World is what you would get if Smaug set up shop in the Cave of Wonders bringing all of his treasure with him. Entertainment World, based in Sheldon, is a floor to ceiling geek paradise, stocking pretty much every possible bit of geek paraphernalia you could think of from retro toys, games and consoles to figures and models and memorabilia from every conceivable cult film or TV programme. They also have a vinyl record department and retro sweets on sale if the nostalgia wasn’t hitting you hard enough already.
What’s their status?
Entertainment World is open seven days a week between 11 am and 6 pm (4 pm on Sundays) available for collection or mail order. To find out what’s in stock we recommend you pick up the phone and talk to the owner, Rob, who is extremely friendly and geeky or head over to their Facebook page. Rob updates Facebook regularly with photos of the latest stock, deals and goes on live stream to walk potential customers around the shop.
Geeky activities you can do remotely (that aren’t quizzes)
Escape Hunt is an escape game experience. In normal times they have a plethora of escape rooms including some pretty cool virtual reality games and outdoor games using augmented reality and geolocation technology. They have two sites in Birmingham, one in the city centre on Corporation Street and one at Resorts World.
What’s their status?
They are open online with fourteen games which you can play at home from the comfort of your sofa. Games include two Doctor Who games, The Hollow Planet and Worlds Collide, as well as an Alice in Wonderland one, a retro gaming one and a magic school one reminiscent of Harry Potter. These games are either played with pen and paper with files sent to you or via Zoom where you control a games master. While we know these guys aren’t a standard retailer like the others on this list, the games they offer are quite creative with enough variety to appeal to a broad range of geeks. This also provides a fun activity for your family or friends that isn’t just another Zoom.
And that is that for this blog. Check back next week for part three where we shine the spotlight on another three awesome geeky shops you can still support and enjoy during the lockdown.
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