Geek Chic, the Everett, Wash.-based maker of high-end furniture aimed at geeks who love board games, has shut down according to a post on its website and social media channels.
The post, which showed up on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday, was from company owner Robert Gifford:
It is with great sadness that I must announce Geek Chic has ceased operation. Despite heroic efforts by many, this outcome is out of our hands. While I am certain there are many outstanding questions, we are currently limited in our ability to respond. I will update this page with appropriate contact information and procedures as they become available.
I am forever indebted to those who joined us on this adventure, and am absolutely gutted about its end.
The company, which was founded in 2008, made “heirloom quality hardwood tables for board games, hobbies, and tabletop gaming,” according to a description on Facebook. “Play like a kid. Live like an adult,” it continued.
According to a story in the Everett Herald newspaper, the tables were made in Everett and were priced between hundreds and thousands of dollars. Photos on Twitter show the items on display at various gaming conventions.
The company was featured in an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” below, in which Gifford sought $100,000 for a 5-percent stake in the company. A deal was made for a 25-percent stake for $300,000 with tech mogul Robert Herjavec, but it fell through.DeluxegamingfurnituremakerGeekChic,oncefeatured‘SharkTank,’shutsdown