So, while I was able to overcome this, I am sure others may or may not have this problem. Yesterday, my wife and I were working on something when she wants to turn on the tablet - and nothing. No amount of pressing the power button was doing it. She was worried we may have had to exchange this (purchased last Thursday at BB), but we had other more pressing matters to deal with. After a while, and things settling down, I inquired about it and asked if the battery could be dead...she didn't think so, but I thought why not try that and see what happens. So I plug it in and wait about 15-30mins to see what I could find. power button = no go. Perhaps we need a hard reset? So I hold the power button and volume down for 30 seconds or so and release - it starts up. With seemingly no ill effects.
So if you happen to encounter this, try the hard reset before shipping it back.
Also, if anyone can shed any light into why this happened, I'm sure myself and others would be grateful. Thanks!