Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Hub for Niagara’s Geek Community

The Geekery Pub Inc. was created by Suzanne Miriam Bilski. It was designed as an entirely geek-themed restaurant and event planning business that will appeal to geeks of all ages in the Niagara region in Southern Ontario. It will also provide employment and the satisfaction of helping people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

What Is A Geek?

A geek could be a person that still collects comics every week, plays magic cards, attends Comic Cons or devoutly follows every aspect of pop culture. Or perhaps just the average person that can't get enough of Doctor Who or the Walking Dead. A geek may have small children and gets nostalgic, longing for childhood when playing Superman or Star Wars with their kids. Geeks are often video game, sci-fi or horror genre enthusiasts. Everyone has a little geek in them; everyone enjoys something geeky at some point. Whatever the case may be, Doin' it Geek is here to help inspire that inner geek.

About The Owner

I (Suzanne) have spent the last 19 years raising two boys, both with intellectual delays, both with autism. My husband was a long haul truck driver for 15 of those years, on the road for four and a half days a week, so I basically did it on my own. When my oldest son was three, I decided to go to college and pursue a career in Culinary Management. My son had a lot of difficulties and wasn't verbal yet, but I thought if he was in a more structured setting with other children, that would change. I finished my degree and went on to work as a chef in a couple of local restaurants but had to quit due to my son’s ongoing issues, especially at school. I then found out I was pregnant with our second son. By the time my second son was two, we saw the familiar signs of autism and delays.

I spent the following 13 years at doctor’s and therapist’s appointments, school and community meetings, etc. My whole world turned into being a special needs parent. Those who are special needs parents or know someone who is, will know just how time consuming it can become for the caregiver. The frustration with fighting the system, lack of funding, lack of understanding and all the hardships endured to ensure the child(ren) get the services they need, while dealing with all the issues and behaviours at home. Friends, family and personal time can all be lost in the process.

My husband has recently come off the road to a local trucking job. Because my younger son is into all things geek, we started to really get into the geek scene and were amazed at how fast the fandom was growing. Our local Comic-Con in Niagara Falls has grown from two to three days this year. Every box office hit stars a superhero or something similar, yet there aren’t any geek themed places such as a restaurant to go to. The Geekery Pub inc. is meant to be a magical place to escape to, be yourself, live even for an hour in a fantasy world, and forget about life for a while. It’s a place where my sons can have a future.

I then came up with the brilliant idea of combining my culinary skills, my son’s complete obsession with anything geek, and continuing to help people with special needs by providing employment opportunities and a place they can feel comfortable. Thats how the Geekery Pub Inc. was born.

In The News

Celebrate your ‘inner geek’ and thrive on being different

The Geekery Pub in Niagara Falls, Ontario, celebrates pop culture in a unique, fun and inclusive environment! Our comic-pop culture-themed restaurant and event planning service has an additional focus on employing and welcoming individuals living with intellectual disabilities and autism. [Read More]

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about The Geekery Pub Inc and our story, or if you would like to visit us, give us a call today!

The Geekery Pub Inc. | 7000 McLeod Rd unit 8 Niagara Falls, Ontario | 1-289-296-0390