Patrons participate in an event at Games and Gizmos’ previous location in Redmond. The store relocated to Kirkland in September. Contributed photo

Kirkland store launches Kickstarter campaign to renovate gaming space

Kirkland’s Games and Gizmos wants to make its gaming space into something epic.

“Our store is more than just retail,” Athena Louscher, who co-owns the business with her husband, Evan, said. “We have events almost every single day of the week.”

The Louschers recently relocated the store from Redmond to 11232 120th Ave. NE in Kirkland, and they’re taking steps to make the space their own.

“We really needed more space, and we needed to redefine the business a little bit,” Athena said of the reasoning behind the move.

Part of the process is the transformation of the gaming space, and they’re asking for support from their customers and anyone else who is feeling generous on Kickstarter.

Athena said in the first 24 hours of the campaign, they exceeded their initial $5,000 goal, which will allow them to resurface their gaming tables to make it easier for people to play large board games, war games and role-playing games (RPGs).

The campaign has expanded to a $10,000 stretch goal. The additional $5,000 will help the store install three airbrush stations for patrons to customize pieces of their games.

There is also a $15,000 stretch goal that includes new flooring in the gaming space and the creation of a private gaming room.

As is the case with most Kickstarter campaigns, various levels of donation include different rewards, from donors having their names on the store’s new decor to the opportunity to name a character in author Jennifer Brozek’s new book.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on April 12, and Athena estimated they will be ready for their grand opening event in mid-June. The store is currently open now, in what Athena called a “soft opening.”

The Kickstarter campaign, which includes renderings of what the Louschers want the space to look like, can be found at

More information about Games and Gizmos can be found at or on the store’s Facebook page,

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