The Geek and Grub Market, established in Raleigh, North Carolina in April 2022, is a unique, family-friendly vendor market celebrating geek culture. It was founded by Erin Dunphy Dean to create a safe and fun environment for like-minded enthusiasts to sell and purchase geeky goods. This vibrant market offers not only a shopping experience but also a lively atmosphere filled with entertainment and community engagement, embodying a spirited celebration of all things geek.
Geek & Grub Market Founder
Erin Dunphy Dean
Erin Dunphy Dean, a geek and seasoned event planner, is the driving force behind the Geek and Grub Market. With a diverse background in the event planning and television industries, including an opportunity to work with Matt Damon, Erin established the market during the Covid era. Her goal was to create a safe, enjoyable space for geeks to share their passion for geeky goods. As the market's coordinator and manager, Erin oversees planning and execution, coordinating with vendors, managing staff, and maintaining logistics. Her expertise is vital in enhancing the market experience, fostering community spirit, and introducing fresh, engaging ideas for each event.
Meet the Geek Team
These are some the hard working Geeks you'll meet behind the scenes
at our shows!
Activities Director & Event DJ
Rickey Smith brings a dynamic energy to the Geek and Grub Market as the official Fun Coordinator. His role involves curating a lively atmosphere with a selection of Geektastic tunes and leading a variety of entertaining activities. As the market's master of ceremonies, Rickey ensures each event is filled with fun and laughter, making him an integral part of creating memorable experiences for all attendees.
Geek Fact: He's also a hard core Star Trek Geek and is an avid board game lover! Ask him about the hours he spent teaching '7 Wonders' to Game Night regulars.
Geek Tavern Manager
Kevin plays a pivotal role at the Geek and Grub Market, overseeing the Geek Tavern. There, he and his team serve a variety of Geektastic Mocktails, delighting visitors with creative non-alcoholic drinks. Among these, 'Henry's Drink' stands out as a special offering, dedicated to his late brother, Henry. Kevin's contributions ensure a warm and inviting atmosphere at the Tavern, enhancing the overall experience for attendees at the market.
Geek Fact: Kevin is a science nerd! Inspired by the creative minds trying to solve the mysteries of Covid, he's currently in college, studying to be a immunologist.
Social Media & Event Support
Kara is instrumental in showcasing the vibrant spirit of the Geek and Grub Market. Her role involves managing the market's social media presence, where she highlights the amazing vendors and captures the essence of the events. On-site, Kara is actively engaged in photographing and filming, providing live updates and content for future posts. Her efforts in digital storytelling play a crucial role in connecting the market's community and sharing the excitement of each event with a broader audience.
Geek Fact: Kara is a Musical Geek. She's currently a student at NC State and is a member of the A capella group, Ladies in Red.
Ron, a Navy veteran turned Geek and Grub Market maestro, is the unsung hero behind the scenes. When he's not answering queries at headquarters, he's the mastermind of market setup and takedown, showcasing his talent for packing a truck like it's a game of Tetris on expert mode. His military precision and knack for fitting things into impossibly small spaces have earned him the nickname "The Packing Wizard." Ron's unique blend of efficiency and humor ensures that every event is not only well-organized but also has its share of laughs.
Geek Fact: Ron is a DnD loving Geek, with a love of all things dragons. Be sure to visit his family's booth - the One Stop Dragon Shop - at our next market!
Event Staff / Load In Support
Tiffany is a vital part of the Geek and Grub Market team, known for guiding vendors to their booths and helping them get settled in during load. Beyond her organizational role, Tiffany is also known for her generosity, frequently donating an array of fun and intriguing items to the event's raffle.
Geek Fact: Tiffany is a Board Game loving Geek and a veteran of the Triangle Game Night Game Night club!