Griffon Games and Bookstore
121 W. Colfax Ave.
South Bend, Indiana 46601
Hours of operation
Mondays through Thursdays 10:00 AM to 6:00
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sundays 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (6:00 PM in
Fridays 7:00 PM to midnight
Saturdays 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Sundays 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone: (574) 287-5533
The 5th of every month
Roll the 3 d10 dice to determine your discount
Win 3% to 30% off a purchase of $10 or
*Applies to all in-stock merchandise except special
Check out our new stock and releases on
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Griffon Books and games
Check out our new branded and engraved dice trays, ceramic
trivets, stainless steel hip flasks, and custom etched acrylic panels
with colored light bases.
100-sided dice in stock (10 different colors) at $11.95
New metal or gemstone dice sets and
singles at new LOWER prices!
Exclusive supplier of the
roll and write game: HEIKAI
Good infusion of 1960's and 1970's vinyl
We need classic literature and philosophy/theology books traded in,
especially works by the classic Greek and Roman authors in English or in the original language (not text
FREE IN-STORE WI-FI
The Griffon Bookstore and Games
The Griffon Bookstore was founded in 1976 by
Sarah Bird and Ken Peczkowski. In 2022 a freelance newspaper researcher from New Jersey wrote that the
Griffon is the oldest independent game store in the USA. The Griffon has over 4,000 square feet of space on 4
levels devoted to an eclectic assortment of books, games, records, audio and video tapes, gift items,
puzzles, curios and miniature supplies.
Dice Sets & Card Games
The Griffon features a huge selection of gaming dice
in sets, singles, and custom made dice/token bags. Always on hand are many traditional and non-traditional card
games from around the world as well as card supplies such as card shufflers, card shoes, card holders, card trays,
and storage boxes.
A large selection of Tarot cards as well.
For the traditional strategy gamer the Griffon carries in
stock several different styles of chess sets, boards and 3 different styles of chess clocks and accessories. The
classic Asian strategy games of Go, Shogi, Chinese Elephant Chess, Mah jong, and Ti-chu are always on hand in a
variety of sizes and styles. We carry various styles of Cribbage boards and domino sets too.
Miniature modelers, gamers, and diorama makers will find a
wide assortment of items in stock. Included are terrain making supplies: flocking, ballast, static grass, tree
flock, glues, water effects, and accessories from manufacturers such as Woodland Scenics; ready made scenery from
Runic Forge; miniature making tools from Xuron, Xacto, and Zona; ready to make plastic kits from Airfix, Caesar,
First to Fight, HAT, IMEX, Italieri, Lindberg, Mars, Pegasus, Redbox, Revell, Tamiya and Zvezda; a comprehensive
line of acrylic paint colors from Vallejo; a wide variety of modeler paint brushes in sizes ranging from 3 to 25/0;
glues of all types from Testor's, Zap-a-Gap, and Tamiya; mini rare earth magnets for pinning projects; bases and
stands for miniatures; 1/72nd scale accent scenery in plastic and metal; and in-store sample displays.
The Griffon's new and used book selections are specialized to cover the fields of
classical literature and poetry, classic and medieval history, philosophy and theology, foreign languages, science
fiction, mysteries and thrillers, and perhaps one of the largest area sources of military history and reference
arranged by time periods. Also, check out our bargain basement book racks of assorted books at a cost from 10-cents
to one dollar. Just added in 2023, a new aisle of young adult and children's books and games at super affordable
One of a kind trinkets, artifacts and souvenirs that only the Griffon
chooses to sell to its customers. Examples of past items: WWII military uniforms and medals, newspapers from the
19th century, books from the 17th century, paper currency and coins from around the world, glass miniatures,
artistic collectible plates, native American arrowheads, fossils, Notre Dame sports memorabilia, American Civil War
artifacts, bullets, & letters, African tribal masks, wood carvings from Poland, author-signed first edition
books, artist-signed paintings and graphics, handpainted metal miniatures,
and curiosities from Asia, Russia and other countries.
The Griffon boasts the oldest continuously running dedicated game room in the
country. For 48 years the Griffon Game Room has hosted countless RPG games, card games, miniatures games, chess
tournaments, and board games. The newly remodeled (2021) rooms can accommodate over 50 players.
Stamps and Philately
Since 2000, the Griffon has been the connection point for
stamp collectors in the Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan area. The Northern Indiana Philatelic Society
(NIPS), which was founded in 1922, uses the Griffon as its drop off point for the purchasing and appraising of
stamp collections and other related paper items such as old stock certificates, envelopes, post cards, paper money,
autographs, reference books, and official documents. Ken Peczkowski is a professional appraiser with over 40 years
of experience and references in the book and stamp fields. Small evaluations can be done for free on site at the
book store. Call to make sure that the appraiser is available.
If you are interested in pursuing your stamp collecting hobby, we are glad to accept members at all times of the
year. Our club, a member of the national American Philatelic Society, is one of the largest in the area and we
provide many services to stamp collectors of all ages and levels of expertise. The club meets once a month at the
Francis Branch of the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend. Call for meeting dates.
South Bend - Notre Dame - St. Mary's - Michiana
So, when in South Bend, Indiana or when visiting the nearby University of Notre Dame or Saint Mary's College, stop
in at The Griffon.