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Our Story

In November 2010, Labyrinth opened with a vision of bringing people together through play. For more than a decade, it's been our pleasure to serve the DC metro area! If you have a moment, journey back in time; take a look at where we've been...

2010, Spring

A search for a Mancala board as a birthday gift leaves Kathleen Donahue exhausted and stuck in traffic. She creates a plan for a DC-based, community-focused retail store full of time-treasured games and puzzles!

2010, Fall

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles opens for business! We committed to delivering a wide, well-curated, fresh product selection, incomparable customer service, and fun, community-building events that represent the diversity and interests of our customers!


In the store, we offer lots of hands-on activities and games that visitors can enjoy, including a large, free, try-before-you-buy game library.


From “Boozy Board Game Nights” to Magic: The Gathering tournaments, Labyrinth quickly becomes the spot to buy or play your favorite games. 


Our events continue and Labyrinth turns 5! (We love the pictures and memories from this video!)


Labyrinth: The Expansion – Our store doubles in size by acquiring a retail space next door! 


The annual “Tabletop Day” tradition (our carnival of games) continues! 


Staff brave the challenges of Covid and deliver games all over town!

2020, Fall

Happy birthday to us! Labyrinth turns 10! Many famous game designers and community members sent messages of love and support to help us celebrate.  

(View some of the beautiful messages: Susan McKinley Ross, Elizabeth Hargrave, Mary Quillian Helms, Dominic Crapuchettes, Jason Matthews, Jakub Poniatowski, David Smith, Anne Kraemer, Charles McCaffrey, Dave Chalker, the Hill Rag, Kristin and Andy Looney, and Lona Valmoro.)


We continue our school and community charitable-giving programs. Our Annual Used Game Sale raises over $15,000 for our Teacher Wish List Fund! Shopping small and local with Labyrinth truly does give back.

2022, Winter

We launched new branding and a new look for Labyrinth on November 18th, just in time for our 12th anniversary! And, we celebrated a great year! View some of the highlights from 2022 in this video!



DCPS hires Labyrinth to provide Out of School Time enrichment through play and board games!


2023, Summer

As a 2023 AwesomeCon partner, Labyrinth staff and over 100 loyal Labyrinth volunteers run 3 days of board gaming, RPGs, social deduction games, meet-the-designer sessions, playtesting, game publisher demos, Magic prereleases, Pokémon learn-to-play sessions, tournaments, play-to-win raffles, and more!



In-store, we have something for everyone. Our beloved staff, their kindness, expertise, and helpfulness have led to recognition over the years and a safe, inclusive environment. We’re so grateful for our community and amazing clients!


Come Play with Us!