This year has been extremely challenging for people all over the world. With the global pandemic still pervading many aspects of our lives, people have had to find normalcy in very absurd times.
Despite the challenges, Geek-Aboo has had a busy and eventful year providing our customers with all their geeky needs and then some! Today we’d like to take a look back on this past year, remembering how in times of hardship we were all Groot.
Going PLUS ULTRA in February!
Back in February, we joined forces with Cineworld Renfrew Street for two exclusive screenings of My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising. Not only did a few lucky customers win free tickets to this unmissable event, moviegoers were treated to a complimentary mini poster and a free entry into a raffle where they got to win official My Hero Academia goodies, including an exclusive All Might action figure! We were so thrilled to be involved in such a lively event just before the first lockdown started in March. We thank everyone who attended for making these screenings PLUS ULTRA!
Resurrecting Glasgow’s City Centre
By March, the UK Government enforced a national lockdown as an emergency response to the Covid-19 global pandemic. As only essential services were allowed to keep their doors open for business, the private sector faced a massive financial burden with many businesses having to close permanently as a result. City centres across the country went from a bustling metropolis to a barren ghost town overnight, including our home city of Glasgow. In response to these severe changes in our way of life, we have implemented new ideas so that we could continue business as (close to) usual.
During the summer of this year, we introduced a brand new Same Day Delivery Service for people living in the Glasgow area. For only £5, the people of Glasgow can enjoy their newest geeky purchases much sooner with our Geek-Aboo van delivering the goods straight to their front door! We also introduced a free Click and Collect Service as well as free deliveries on order over £30.
This year we also made improvements to our Pre-Order services and despite how COVID has affected manufacturers, we have had even more Pre-Orders than ever before! We strive to keep improving our services and making your shopping experience totally awesome!
New Gains at the Geek-Aboo Gym
During the summer, the pandemic had made a huge impact on the global economy, with local businesses being hit the hardest due to lockdown restrictions. In response to this economic decline, Niantic (the creators of Pokemon Go) established a Local Business Recovery Initiative, which would utilize gamification to help businesses transition as restrictions were gradually being lifted. Over 1000 businesses in the UK were voted by the public to be official Pokestops and thanks to our amazing customers, that meant that our humble store would also be transformed into a Pokemon Go gym in October!
Since then, we have partnered with Tempo Tea Bar to host monthly Pokemon Community Day events, offering discounts, Pokemon TCG freebies and Pokemon themed drinks to try. Our Geek-Aboo exclusive Pokemon Bubble Tea Kits have everything you need to make your very own bubble tea as well as grab yourself some exclusive Poke-Goodies!
Stay tuned for our next Pokemon Community Day in January 2021!
Due to the strict regulations earlier in the year, our annual Free Comic Book Day event was cancelled. Not only was this a huge let down for many of our customers, it also meant losing a crucial fundraising opportunity for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
Thankfully, GCHC teamed up with us to create our Festive Mystery Boxes! Thanks to your generosity we have managed to raise over £2100 for GCHC, helping children and their families enjoy the holidays during these difficult times. Our geeky helpers received a lovely thank you card made by 7 year old Lydia, one of the talented patients at the children’s ward. Thank you to Lydia and to GCHC for this beautiful card!
Thank you to all of our amazing customers, as well as all the fabulous influencers who helped us make this Christmas extra special! We will continue our mystery box fundraising events into the new year, so you can be a hero all year round!
Our Festive Mystery Boxes have been featured on Glasgow Live and are making a big wave across social media! We’ve given some of Scotland’s geekiest cosplayers, Twitch streamers and influencers their own Festive Mystery Box to enjoy with their followers on Instagram!
Click on the links below to see what goodies they got!
Of course, we couldn’t have done any of this without the guidance from GCHC and to every NHS worker who have inspired us throughout this campaign. That’s why Santa’s geeky helpers have dropped off some of our Festive Mystery Boxes at the Children’s Ward to show our thanks to the amazing NHS staff who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic to provide the absolute best care for children living with illness. Santa tells us that every NHS worker is on the top of the nice list this year and we couldn’t agree more!
We hope you all have an amazing Christmas and a belter New Year!
Tis’ the season for giving
One of the things we have learned from this year is that it’s important to look out for one another, especially during difficult times.With COVID still at large, many of us are facing a very lonely Christmas this year. Stay Connected, an initiative run by Saint Augustine’s Parish in Coatbridge, is dedicated to providing care packages to those in the community who are struggling at this time. Their volunteers also have a telephone befriending service for those of us who may be lonely during the holidays.
Recently, we were were happy to chip in to their Toy Appeal by donating over 250 geeky bags, toys and gifts, a small part in remembering those who are trying to make ends meet for xmas. If you would like to know more about Stay Connected and how you can help your local community, please check out their website HERE. You can also make a donation to Stay Connected using the link below.
It’s been a wild ride, fellow geeks. While many of us have endured bitter losses, we hope that you also experienced times of joy and contentment amongst the uncertainty of the world right now. While there is no knowing what the future will hold, or how much longer this pandemic continues, we hope that 2021 will bring you much better fortune and wonderful memories to treasure forever.
As this year comes to an end we want to show our gratitude to all of our customers by offering a 15% discount online using the code 2021 at the checkout as well as 30% off all X-MAS products.
Thank you for supporting us throughout this challenging year. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and an amazing 2021!