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Old 03-24-2017, 09:58 PM
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Most oddly specific retail store

What was the most oddly specific physical retail location you have seen?

-Today I saw a store called the "Bird Seed Depot" selling nothing but seed and bird houses.

-"Purrrniture" nothing but cat furniture and toys.



What do you guys have?
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:17 PM
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I used to go to a store in Midtown Manhattan that sold nothing but seashells.
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:26 PM
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David Letterman used to do a bit about a store that only sold light bulbs, called Just Bulbs, and another store called Just Shades. There is still a Just Bulbs and a Just Shades in NYC, I think they are the same businesses, but not in the same locations that were featured on the show. Every time I pass Just Shades, it's like I hear the entire sketch in my mind.
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Old 03-27-2017, 09:45 AM
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David Letterman used to do a bit about a store that only sold light bulbs, called Just Bulbs, and another store called Just Shades. There is still a Just Bulbs and a Just Shades in NYC, I think they are the same businesses, but not in the same locations that were featured on the show. Every time I pass Just Shades, it's like I hear the entire sketch in my mind.
I work in the lighting industry in New York. Just Bulbs is one of those places that I don't use much -( mostly because of retail pricing ) but when you need them you really need them and they've pulled my butt out of a fire a couple of times. Most of my cohort feels the same way.

They really do stock EVERYTHING.
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Old 03-26-2017, 08:46 AM
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I used to go to a store in Midtown Manhattan that sold nothing but seashells.
It should be by the seashore, especially if it's a woman selling them.
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:49 PM
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I used to go to a store in Midtown Manhattan that sold nothing but seashells.
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It should be by the seashore, especially if it's a woman selling them.

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Old 04-12-2017, 08:27 PM
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I used to go to a store in Midtown Manhattan that sold nothing but seashells.
Are you sure the store didn't sell sea shells on the sea shore?
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:19 PM
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"The Leftorium", owned by stupid Ned Flanders. He only sells things for left handed people.
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Old 03-25-2017, 06:20 PM
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"The Leftorium", owned by stupid Ned Flanders. He only sells things for left handed people.
This isn't just an idea from fiction. In 1979 I visited a store in London called "Anything Left Handed Ltd". I still have a "backwards" ruler I bought there.

And what do you know, I've just Googled it and they are still around: Here's their online site, stating that they have been around since 1967.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:22 PM
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My all-time favorite store was just outside of River Falls, WI. There was a sign out front that said "Cheese and Taxidermy".
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:46 PM
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"The Leftorium", owned by stupid Ned Flanders. He only sells things for left handed people.
There really are many such stores in a lot of cities. My favorite name is Left-Handed Complements.



I know that condom stores has already been mentioned, but Condom World has been operating on Newbury St. in Boston's Back Bay for decades now. But it doesn't sell only condoms, despite the name.
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Old 03-27-2017, 02:57 PM
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There really are many such stores in a lot of cities. My favorite name is Left-Handed Complements.



I know that condom stores has already been mentioned, but Condom World has been operating on Newbury St. in Boston's Back Bay for decades now. But it doesn't sell only condoms, despite the name.
That's just a cover for their main business.
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Old 03-27-2017, 04:11 PM
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That's just a cover for their main business.
Heh.
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Old 03-27-2017, 06:55 PM
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Have seen many of these stores. Selling:

1. Just salt water taffy
2. Just skipping ropes
3. Just one specific car part -- mufflers
4. Different stores with one specific car part -- tires, hubcaps, doors, etc.
5. Just Skateboards
6. Just clown shoes
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:47 PM
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That's just a cover for their main business.
Are you saying folks can try out the merchandise?

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Old 03-24-2017, 10:27 PM
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That Letterman bit is the first thing I thought of. I think he annoyed people in those stores by asking them if they sold anything else.
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:28 PM
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We have one around here that just sells batteries.

We used to have two stores called Purrsnickety and Bow-Wowsers (they were in the same space, with two different signs and entrances) that sold nothing but cat- and dog-related stuff.
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:32 PM
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David Letterman used to do a bit about a store that only sold light bulbs, called Just Bulbs, and another store called Just Shades. There is still a Just Bulbs and a Just Shades in NYC, I think they are the same businesses, but not in the same locations that were featured on the show. Every time I pass Just Shades, it's like I hear the entire sketch in my mind.
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We have one around here that just sells batteries.

We used to have two stores called Purrsnickety and Bow-Wowsers (they were in the same space, with two different signs and entrances) that sold nothing but cat- and dog-related stuff.
Batteries Plus Bulbs.
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:59 PM
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When I visited the Mall of America, something like 25 years ago, there was a store selling just socks. Not that unusual, I suppose, but in my naiveté at the time I thought it was pretty odd.

There was a store in the Daly City (just south of San Francisco) area, again a few years back, that just sold batteries, everything from those little disc batteries and hearing aid batteries, up to car batteries. They don't seem to be there any more.
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:59 PM
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Funny story about BatterysPlus:

Drove a friend down there to pick up some obscure projector bulb. While there, he says, "I need a battery for this watch", and takes it off, handing it to the guy behind the counter.

Guy says, "We're not allowed to open these. We're afraid of getting sued if we damage them".

At which point, Guy hands over a Big Fucking Sharp Knife to my buddy, and says, "You open it".
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:40 AM
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I visited a store in Seattle that sold nothing but socks. I don't remember what it was called. (This was in the late 90s, so it might be gone.)

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Old 03-26-2017, 03:03 AM
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There's another one around here called Powell's that does the same thing. They're a chain, but I don't know how big a one. They have Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on endless loop on a screen in the back. I like them.

I thought Rocket Fizz was more known for weird and vintage soda (though they definitely have candy too).
we have a vintage/normal candy store here and they sell rocket fizz soda ......
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:59 AM
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I visited a store in Seattle that sold nothing but socks. I don't remember what it was called.
Darn.
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:23 AM
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Darn.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:42 AM
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I visited a store in Seattle that sold nothing but socks. I don't remember what it was called. (This was in the late 90s, so it might be gone.)
There's one of those a few blocks from here called Sock Dreams. They've been in business for several years now.
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Old 03-28-2017, 01:47 PM
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I visited a store in Seattle that sold nothing but socks. I don't remember what it was called. (This was in the late 90s, so it might be gone.)
The Joy of Sox...I don't remember if it was in Seattle or Minneapolis, but I do remember the name of the sock store!
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:05 PM
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:11 PM
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We have a store that sells oil and vinegar. I'm sure it's very nice oil and vinegar, but I don't know how they can pay the rent (even for a tiny little store) by selling oil and vinegar.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:26 PM
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We have a store that sells oil and vinegar. I'm sure it's very nice oil and vinegar, but I don't know how they can pay the rent (even for a tiny little store) by selling oil and vinegar.
Maybe the owners have a more nefarious business concern and the oil and vinegar store is just window dressing.
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Old 03-25-2017, 02:03 PM
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Maybe the owners have a more nefarious business concern and the oil and vinegar store is just window dressing.
Alright, you. Out of the pool.
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Old 03-25-2017, 02:17 PM
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There is a small store I drive past frequently called TRI Con Bolt Company. No link as they have no website. It has been there at least 25 years. It is all alone on a nice piece of property with a lake on one side and the only major road around on the other. It is a legitimate business. The one time I went in, the guy there said "What can I do for you?"
I got very happy and said "I need some bolts."
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:44 PM
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We have a store that sells oil and vinegar. I'm sure it's very nice oil and vinegar, but I don't know how they can pay the rent (even for a tiny little store) by selling oil and vinegar.
I went into that store once and didn't like it at all. The two people who ran it were very unpleasant. One was tart to me and the other was oleaginous.
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Old 04-01-2017, 12:06 PM
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I went into that store once and didn't like it at all. The two people who ran it were very unpleasant. One was tart to me and the other was oleaginous.
Let's just toss these comments before they get out of hand
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:26 PM
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We have a store that sells oil and vinegar. I'm sure it's very nice oil and vinegar, but I don't know how they can pay the rent (even for a tiny little store) by selling oil and vinegar.
Long shot, but is it called Oilerie? I think it's set up as a franchise (so they're getting out of my home state and the midwest), but before he doing the oil thing, I did a lot of business with Curt.
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Long shot, but is it called Oilerie? I think it's set up as a franchise (so they're getting out of my home state and the midwest), but before he doing the oil thing, I did a lot of business with Curt.
No--I think this is the only location for this store. It's actually been here for a while, so it must be doing just fine. This kind of store wouldn't surprise me in a larger city, but I live in a large town/small city, and there are several other gourmet grocery stores, so there's no shortage of places to buy fancy olive oil and balsamic vinegar (like Whole Foods, which is just down the street from this store). And Wegman's is coming. I've never been to Wegman's, but I'm excited! We're spoiled when it comes to grocery stores.
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I always thought the Door Store was oddly narrow, but I guess it isn't as weird as all that. A lot of things need doors, knobs, hinges, or latches.
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:07 AM
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I always thought the Door Store was oddly narrow, but I guess it isn't as weird as all that. A lot of things need doors, knobs, hinges, or latches.
We have a local shop that just sells door knobs, latches, hinges and letter plates for doors, but doesn't sell actual doors.
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:46 PM
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I also think the phone case stores that clutter up the aisles of shopping malls have to be fronts for something, because there's no way my low-income suburb can sustain all fifteen of the damn things.
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Old 03-25-2017, 12:41 AM
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There used to be a nationwide chain that only sold ties called "The Tie Rack" with hundreds of stores mostly located in malls. It had so much cash it was able to get product placement in the Adam Sandler film "Eight Crazy Nights" which is the only reason I know about them. They shuttered their last stores in 2013.
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Old 03-25-2017, 02:48 AM
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Do the specialist shops inside airports count? I've seen some really specific examples of those - one that just sold live lobsters (I think in that case you buy them, they put it in the hold of the plane you are travelling on, and you collect it at the arrivals baggage reclaim at your destination)
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:07 AM
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We have a store that sells oil and vinegar. I'm sure it's very nice oil and vinegar, but I don't know how they can pay the rent (even for a tiny little store) by selling oil and vinegar.
Well they might sell those in the same store now, but they will inevitably separate.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:08 AM
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I used to drive past a store in Lakewood, CO that sold nothing but T- shirts. They weren't even decorated T-shirts, just plain old white and colored shirts without any kinds of pictures or sayings on them.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:22 AM
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The local struggling mall (that I still refer to as "the new mall") had a Flag Store open recently. Flags, poles, and flag related accessories. It closed down a few months after it opened.

There's also an Eyebrow Threading Place. One woman and one chair in an otherwise empty store. I actually stopped and stared, waiting for a punchline. I did not get my eyebrows threaded, nor do I know what that means. The signage was an 8x10 piece of paper taped to the window that proclaimed, "Eyebrow Threading".
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Old 03-26-2017, 09:39 AM
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There's also an Eyebrow Threading Place. One woman and one chair in an otherwise empty store. I actually stopped and stared, waiting for a punchline. I did not get my eyebrows threaded, nor do I know what that means. The signage was an 8x10 piece of paper taped to the window that proclaimed, "Eyebrow Threading".
Eyebrow threading is torture masquerading as grooming.

It's like waxing, but instead of ripping the hair off with wax, they trap the hair between two pieces of thread and then rip it out.

I've had my eyebrows (and bikini line) waxed for decades, and I was shocked at how uncomfortable threading was.

On a side note, she probably threads other regions as well. People get their upper lip, cheeks, chin, eyebrows, and sideburn areas done.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:37 AM
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I went to a store in Covington, KY that specialized in Scottish Terrier collectables.

3 months later, they shut down and sold their stock, business, etc to a person who lived 2 miles from my home in Atlanta, GA.
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:30 AM
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Fuse World, although I see it is now called Fuses Unlimited.

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Old 03-25-2017, 08:58 AM
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Here in Portland, we have Ingrid, The Rune Woman. I have no idea what she sells; woo, probably. There's also an ionized water store in my neighborhood, where you can get a foot bath treatment. And there are the ubiquitous crystal stores. A new place just popped up down the street called "The Sacred Well". Haven't been in there, but according to their website:

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Here in Portland, we have Ingrid, The Rune Woman. I have no idea what she sells; woo, probably. There's also an ionized water store in my neighborhood, where you can get a foot bath treatment. And there are the ubiquitous crystal stores. A new place just popped up down the street called "The Sacred Well". Haven't been in there, but according to their website:




My city has a similar store called The Enchanted Willow. I shop there once in a while to buy incense sticks. They have the biggest variety around.
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:27 AM
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Year ago, the local mall had the Tie Shop, but it went under as people stopped wearing them.

There also was a store in downtown Schenectady that sold only coffee. Not as a beverage, but ground coffee and beans. It was near the Planters Peanuts store that sold only peanuts. Both went out of business years ago.
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