Monday, June 02, 2008

Mind Benders

Ever wonder about the occupants of the tidy gray office building in the 1300 block of Cameron Street which bears the intriguing sign "ThinkFun"?

ThinkFun (formerly Binary Arts) is a leading creator of mind-challenging games and puzzles for children as well as adults. Founded more than 20 years ago by Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello, the firm's first hit was Spin-Out, which is now a Games Magazine Hall of Fame classic.

The company's best selling product is the Rush Hour series, but other offerings include Tipover, Zingo, River Crossing, What's Gnu, Serpentiles, Chocolate Fix, Prairie Dog Town, Ducks in a Row, and Top This! The company's products are sold worldwide and are available online from Amazon.com well as through other channels such as Barnes & Noble.

Last year the firm launched "ThinkFun Game Club," a new program for structured group play designed for school communities by school administrators, teachers and involved parents.

A tip of the Growler's fuzzy old ears to this successful homegrown Alexandria business and neighbor!