Direct Access to New Things
The Geek Group National Science Institute exists to provide direct access to science and technology. We do this through a variety of programming channels, and our Etsy store is one of them.
Many of our products are intended to be a support item for your maker projects, especially with textiles. Many items we produce are personalized and are a great way to make something special without the investment in tools, no matter where you live in the world.
We like also producing things that are unusual and made in high-tech ways. We're always striving to do new things and come up with fun ideas. Everything we sell in our shop was produced in-house in our Grand Rapids, Michigan facility.
Owner, Creator, Photographer
Lis runs the shop and designs new products. She makes most of them and works with a team to create all of the orders. She also does customer service and shipping.
Andrew is one of our helpers and he operates heavy machinery. If you order a periodic word, Andrew put the name together and cut it out for you.
Customer Service, Morale
Mackie is the shop dog and she makes sure everything runs smoothly and demands everybody take regular breaks to pet her.
Jeri is one of our team members who helps out in many areas. He packages and ships most of the orders, and make many of the items.
Taylor is one of our team members and likes to help out where he can. If you buy a set of knitting tags, Taylor is the person who put your name on it!
Ed has a lot of fun making knitting tags a few days a week, and he has a special skill - he's Andrew's dad! :)
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Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Digital downloads
- Items on sale
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalised orders
We can customize orders. Please contact us with your specific idea, and we can give you a quote and estimate. Some items are easier than others.
All of our wood items have been lacquered. They are not "water proof" but they will be able to be gently cleaned with a damp cloth. If your wood item is exposed to a lot of sunlight, it will change colour - it will not damage it. Light wood tends to get darker, and darker wood lighter. Red woods will get brown. This is a natural process and can be avoided by not placing it in direct sunlight, or it can be embraced.
Our leather items are sold "raw". Depending on what you are doing you may want to condition them. This can be done with any type of leather care product. We sell them raw so that they can be sewn into items and washed.
Gift wrapping and packaging
We will gift wrap items for a fee - this should be available upon checkout. If you choose "gift", we will also make sure to not include any pricing information, even if you don't choose gift wrapping.
Almost everything we make is available wholesale, and can be branded with your company or ours. We'd love to work with you. We do wholesale options up to several thousand pieces, and the turnaround varies wildly depending on quantity and item.
Our leather tags are laser-engraved and are safe to be washed and dried. They may be stiff, or flexible, depending on the leather. We do not use any inks in that process.
Can the leather tags be washed?
Yes. The leather tags can be washed and dried. You may see some change in the letters colour in this process, but it will not harm them at all.
Can you engrave my logo?
Probably! We do a lot of logos. Message us your logo and we are happy to let you know.