4510 E 71st St. #8
Cleveland, OH 4410
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If there’s one thing hardcore techies value above all else, it’s security. PC Surveillance is a company that deals specifically in that field. In addition to selling a range of high-end home security systems, internet controlled all-weather cams and DVR surveillance set ups, the store also has a range of super cool spyware. One can feel secure in the knowledge that no one else thought to bring a 10GB hidden camera disguised as a tower fan or spy cam/4GB USB drive that’s indistinguishable from an ordinary pen.
5275 Ridge Road
Cleveland, OH 44129
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
When selecting a gift for those technically inclined individuals whose tastes are a bit more old school, Parma Hobby is definitely worth a look. The shop has a variety of model trains, radio controlled vehicles and plastic models. Parma Hobby also has all the parts, paints and decals that a hobbyist could want. And for techies interested in getting into a new hobby, the store offers how-to classes.
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6639 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, OH 44130
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Before best-selling online role-playing games like Warcraft and Skyrim came onto the scene, table top role RPGs ruled the roost. A techie who’s spent years playing MMORPGS will likely get a big kick out of a Magic: The Gathering starter deck or the latest edition of Dungeons & Dragons. Gamers Haven not only sells all the RPG components a gamer could ever want, the shop also regularly hosts gaming tournaments. Online gaming is great, but there’s nothing like going on an IRL quest.
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Kamms Plaza Shopping Center, 17462 Lorain Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44111
Hours: Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sundays, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
If someone owns a rooted Android phone, an Alienware laptop and 5TB hard drive, there’s a good chance they’re a fan of the movies put out by Marvel Studios. If their interest in cinematic superheroes extends into the comic book series that spawned them, a trip to Carol & John’s Comic Shop is in order. One can pick up single issues and trade paperbacks containing the four-color adventures of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest of the Avengers. And techies will totally get into the Augmented Reality content present in most Marvel comics.
1 Center Court
Cleveland, OH 44115
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tech-head or not, any Clevelander worth their salt felt a swell of civic pride when the Cavaliers went on an amazing run during the 2014-15 NBA season. As such, they’ll appreciate a crisp new LeBron James jersey, a Kyrie Irving bobblehead or an Anderson Varejao fathead. Alternatively, Northeast Ohio techies can show off their hometown pride in a more subtle fashion with some sweet Cavs mugs, tote bags or iPhone cases. If one particularly item doesn’t jump out at you, gift cards are available.