EAST BREMERTON — Bremerton’s pinball wizard is finally setting up his own shop.
Richard Godwin — or “Oz,” as he is known to many — is a longtime fixture in Bremerton’s arcade and pinball community. An owner of dozens of coin-operated games, Godwin has become known across Kitsap’s burgeoning pinball scene as someone who fixes machines when they’re broken.
But last year, after Godwin’s wife was laid off from her contractor position at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the two decided they wanted to open a place of their own.
Enter Tik Tok’s Workshop, Bremerton’s newest arcade bar.
Tik Tok’s features dozens of Godwin’s own games, including pinball machines and arcade games, but also several older and more unique offerings.
Customer Dan Copenhaver plays a game of pinball at Tik Tok’s Workshop in Bremerton on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. (Photo11: MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
“Between my collection and my repair experience, I decided I’d like to open my own location, a bar with all my games so people could come and enjoy them,” Godwin said.
The love of coin-operated games began as a teenager when Godwin would spend weekend nights traveling from arcade to arcade playing different pinball machines.
“This is the mid-90s, they were video games,” Godwin said. “It was 90 percent video games, they would have one, maybe two pinball machines.
Godwin began collecting games following a divorce in the mid-2000s. A lifelong career in the Navy had taught him the ins and outs of electronics, which lent itself to mending broken machines. He began trading repair jobs for broken games and soon grew a substantial collection.
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As the pinball scene in Kitsap grew, Godwin began renting out his games— and his repair acumen — to bars and breweries across the county. Since then, a full-fledged pinball league has developed, where teams associated with various businesses compete on a weekly basis.
The move to open Tik Tok’s came after Godwin’s wife, Colleen, was laid off from her job at the shipyard in August 2017.
Tik Tok’s Workshop in Bremerton on Wednesday, January 30, 2019. (Photo11: MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
“I just looked at my husband and I was like I don’t want to do this again,” Colleen Godwin said.
Since then, the pair has worked to open the bar. Colleen took accounting classes at Olympic College (“So I can count quarters,” she joked), and Godwin set to work repairing his collection. They found a location on Sylvan Way just off Highway 303.
Tik Tok’s sports a “steampunk” theme — a design that includes clockwork machinery, gears and a general Victorian-era flavor. The bar offers eight taps, primarily from breweries that participate in the pinball league, and a full liquor selection.
The steampunk theme extends to the drink menu, which includes “Tesla tubes” — a four-pack of cocktail shots served in test tubes — and two absinthe-based drinks.
Godwin plans to hold various gaming and pinball tournaments throughout the week, as well as a karaoke night and “training night” — where pupils can gather and learn the specific workings and tips for a specific game.
If Tik Tok’s is successful, the pair would like to open a second location in Poulsbo or Silverdale. Godwin dreams of one day opening a museum-style location, where people would pay at the door and be able to play a large number of games for free.
“It still is a plan of ours, we would love to go to Poulsbo or Silverdale,” Colleen said.
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