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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.



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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, 10:19 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 03-24-2017, 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 03-24-2017, 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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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 03-24-2017, 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, 11:05 PM
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It's SPATULA CITY!
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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 03-24-2017, 11:37 PM
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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 03-24-2017, 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 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, 12:41 AM
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Tex & Edna Boil's Organ Emporium
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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, 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 03-25-2017, 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 03-25-2017, 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, 08:27 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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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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. . .proudly serves the spiritual supply needs of Pagans, polytheists, witches, Wiccans, gem & mineral enthusiasts, and metaphysical/new age communities. . .
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:15 AM
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There was a store I visited some years ago in an Atlanta mall (the underground one?) which apparently only sold kites.
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-Today I saw a store called the "Bird Seed Depot" selling nothing but seed and bird houses.
A place called Wild Birds Unlimited must be at least modestly successful, as it has franchise outlets. They sell bird seed, suet, birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths and such.
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:20 AM
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Upcountry in Thailand, there were at least two shops that sold birds and accessories on one hand and bathroom plumbing fixtures such as tubs and toilets on the other.
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:35 AM
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I did not get my eyebrows threaded, nor do I know what that means.
It's a hair removal technique.

Eyebrow threading
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:27 PM
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Plastic Bagmart, Marietta, GA.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:33 PM
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I forgot: there's a store here in Tucson that sells maps and flags. Apparently it's thriving, because it's been here for at least 35 years that I can remember.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:37 PM
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I remember going to The Purple Store.

Yes, all they sell is purple items.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:56 PM
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Condom Sense

Wanna guess what they sell?
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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, 02:14 PM
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Luna Truck and Caster
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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 03-25-2017, 02:20 PM
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On one of Casey Neistat's YouTube videos there was apparently a store in New York not too far from his Studio that sold just shoelaces.

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Old 03-25-2017, 02:49 PM
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We have a battery store near me, too, but they're not limited to just batteries. They also sell cornhole boards.

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I forgot: there's a store here in Tucson that sells maps and flags. Apparently it's thriving, because it's been here for at least 35 years that I can remember.
What, not in Flagstaff?
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:12 PM
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Speedometer repair shop. (WTF? Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a new one?)


And another shop that just sells LEDs.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:19 PM
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This one just came across my FB feed.

Twisted Ranch. A restaurant where everything is made with Ranch dressing. 27 flavors of Ranch dressing..
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:28 PM
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Hello Kitty store. Everything in the place related to this.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:35 PM
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There was a shop in Sutter Creek, California, that just sold dog collars.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:37 PM
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There's Sunglass Hut.

And a Spice Merchants store near me. Nothing but spices. Smells wonderful.
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Old 03-25-2017, 03:54 PM
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Speedometer repair shop. (WTF? Wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a new one?)
I suspect that their real business is in resetting odometers so a car can be fraudulently sold as having fewer miles on it. Obviously, the car companies take measures to make this more difficult, so a specialized skill set and/or tools are needed to pull it off. That specialized skillset/tools are what the shop is advertising.
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:44 PM
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A store that sells pest-control products (rat traps, poisons, etc.) and Christian religious supplies (bibles, crucifixes, rosary beads, etc.).
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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, 07:21 PM
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...And a Spice Merchants store near me. Nothing but spices. Smells wonderful.
I go there whenever I don't have thyme.


mmm
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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 03-25-2017, 07:31 PM
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I would suspect that the higher the city's density is the greater chance of finding very specialized stores since there will be enough people close enough to make the store viable. That being said I always thought that the hot sauce store on cannery row in Monterey is pretty specialized.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:31 PM
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There's an oil and vinegar store in Canandaigua and they've been in business for several years. They sell aged balsamic and spice-infused oils and I think the cheapest pints is around $10. The only times I've been there was during the holiday season but they are always busy then (with around 4 other customers in there.)
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