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Old 04-10-2017, 06:09 AM
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Makes sense. After all, you can only red one book at any given moment.
But what do you do if you want to read it again and they aren't selling it that week?
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:15 PM
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I remember them from when I was a kid! They'd advertise on the local independent station (KPHO) and the ad was always the same: Fade in to a box with a castor mounted upside down on it with the wheel rapidly spinning. It would gradually slow down while the announcer would exclaim, "Luna! L-U-N-A! Luna for your truck and castor needs!" and on in a similar vein until a dissolve to a card with the logo, address, and phone number on it.

This was before tape so I'm sure it was done live with some stage hand giving the wheel a spin just before the camera came on.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:25 PM
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When I lived in NYC there was a store called "Think Big!" Because that's what they did.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_Big_(store)

That's what they did until they closed.

I am greatly (hugely? ) pleased to see that Think Big is now online as "Great Big Stuff."

https://www.greatbigstuff.com/
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:06 PM
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Probably the most specialized store I've ever been in was a store that just sold Sci-fi and Fantasy books.
There's a light bulb store near me.
I've actually seen a lot of hot sauce stores.
Also two different stores that just sold things made out of brass.
A store that just sold replicas of weapons.
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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, 03:52 PM
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Probably the most specialized store I've ever been in was a store that just sold Sci-fi and Fantasy books.
A Change of Hobbit in Southern California lasted 19 years. "The Other Change of Hobbit", in the Bay Area, is still open, although now it appears that it's only online.
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Old 04-12-2017, 04:18 PM
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I have lurked in the SDMB forever and never had anything worth contributing until today.

Loveland, Colorado: Probasco's Bibles and Wigs

I'll go back to the dark corner now and keep quiet.
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Old 04-12-2017, 05:50 PM
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Loveland, Colorado: Probasco's Bibles and Wigs

I'll go back to the dark corner now and keep quiet.
I was in the Ozarks once and went into a general store that apparently only sold two things, shovels and religious VHS tapes, and this was in 2009.
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Old 04-12-2017, 06:53 PM
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A Change of Hobbit in Southern California lasted 19 years. "The Other Change of Hobbit", in the Bay Area, is still open, although now it appears that it's only online.
How in the heck did I never hear of that place? I've been to many Berkeley bookstores, often buying in those genres.

Aww, Shakespeare's closed a couple years ago too.
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I was in the Ozarks once and went into a general store that apparently only sold two things, shovels and religious VHS tapes, and this was in 2009.
I know a place that sells mainly guns, porn, and liquor. If they rented rooms there would be no reason to go anywhere else.
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:12 PM
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I'm working in Vegas this week and walked past the Beef Jerky Store while doing the tourist thing the other night.
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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 04-12-2017, 09:16 PM
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I'm working in Vegas this week and walked past the Beef Jerky Store while doing the tourist thing the other night.
There are a few of those around. I have been to one in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that has an assortment of oddly specific shops. There is also one in the Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson, MO. It was awesome and oddly cheap for a touristy place.

Beef Jerky is kind of a misnomer. They had every kind of jerky there is from around the world including kangaroo, reindeer, bison and dozens more. Almost all of it was extremely good. You could fill up a small bag for less than $5. If we had one of those around here, I would be in there several times a week.

That general area also has a small chain of jerky shops that seem to be doing well enough because they keep expanding.

Here is one:

https://mo.beefjerkyoutlet.com/

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Old 04-13-2017, 12:37 AM
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But what do you do if you want to read it again and they aren't selling it that week?
You got me there.
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Old 04-13-2017, 02:07 PM
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I have lurked in the SDMB forever and never had anything worth contributing until today.

Loveland, Colorado: Probasco's Bibles and Wigs

I'll go back to the dark corner now and keep quiet.
I was thinking about doing a thread about stores that sold two very different things.
My favorite: a tile and carpet store that sold trading cards.
Also went to a store that specialized in antique toys. In one corner they had a display case full of military antiques.

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Old 04-13-2017, 07:12 PM
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Originally from Dumb and Dumber, but I actually saw a bait shop pick up truck camper on the side of the road near a local popular lake:

WE GOT WORMS
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:23 PM
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I was thinking about doing a thread about stores that sold two very different things.
My favorite: a tile and carpet store that sold trading cards.
Also went to a store that specialized in antique toys. In one corner they had a display case full of military antiques.
Pizza and dry cleaning. Same drive-thru.
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:31 PM
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In Des Moines, Iowa, there is a dry cleaner known a Beaver Cleaners (since renamed Beaver Ave Cleaners. Just no fun at all.). According to the EPA, they've had no violations.
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:25 PM
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No one's mentioned the Knot Store from Portlandia. Don't know why not....
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:36 PM
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Pizza and dry cleaning. Same drive-thru.
There is Igor's in Uptown New Orleans. It is a combination bar and laundromat. By that, I don't mean that it is a laundromat with a causal bar for people waiting for their clothes. It is a hard-core bar open 24/7 where you can get as drunk as you want as long as you give way to people moving their laundry around. It has been around for a long time too so they must have done something right.

"Open 24 hours - check. Full Bar. - check. Pub grub - check. Pool - check. Video games - check. Juke box - check. Get your laundry done - wait, what? Yes - laundromat too. Igor's has it all."

https://www.yelp.com/biz/igors-loung...om-new-orleans
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Old 04-13-2017, 10:43 PM
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I have lurked in the SDMB forever and never had anything worth contributing until today.

Loveland, Colorado: Probasco's Bibles and Wigs

I'll go back to the dark corner now and keep quiet.
It appears that Probasco's doesn't sell wigs any more.

There is a thread here on the Dope about shops that sell strange combinations of products. I'll see if I can find it.
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Old 04-13-2017, 11:02 PM
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Found it!

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/...ghlight=ozarks
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Old 04-14-2017, 06:02 AM
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No one's mentioned the Knot Store from Portlandia. Don't know why not....
So, what does a knot store sell? Lengths of knotted string? Just the string (do-it-yourself knots).
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:47 AM
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So, what does a knot store sell? Lengths of knotted string? Just the string (do-it-yourself knots).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfLu7GRMR7g
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:02 PM
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There is Igor's in Uptown New Orleans. It is a combination bar and laundromat. By that, I don't mean that it is a laundromat with a causal bar for people waiting for their clothes. It is a hard-core bar open 24/7 where you can get as drunk as you want as long as you give way to people moving their laundry around. It has been around for a long time too so they must have done something right.

"Open 24 hours - check. Full Bar. - check. Pub grub - check. Pool - check. Video games - check. Juke box - check. Get your laundry done - wait, what? Yes - laundromat too. Igor's has it all."

https://www.yelp.com/biz/igors-loung...om-new-orleans
Bottle and Barlow in Sacramento is a barber shop cum bar.
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:11 PM
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Bottle and Barlow in Sacramento is a barber shop cum bar.
I understand the meaning of the word as it's used here, but my first thought was...Eww.
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Old 04-14-2017, 02:46 PM
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Dave Barry once wrote about The French Embassy, a combination gourmet French Restaurant and Bowling Alley in Arcola, Indiana.

I've never been there, and I think it's out of business. You can find references to it on the Internet, but the most recent is from 2007.
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:01 PM
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In Des Moines, Iowa, there is a dry cleaner known a Beaver Cleaners (since renamed Beaver Ave Cleaners. Just no fun at all.). According to the EPA, they've had no violations.
I grew up in Des Moines. Beaver Avenue is a main thoroughfare through one part of town, and yes, there are all kinds of jokes about it.
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Old 04-14-2017, 08:57 PM
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Place near where I used to live that sold nothing but conductors' batons.
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:17 PM
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I always thought someone should open a shop selling dyed fabrics and clothes made from that fabric called The Batik Boutique.
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Old 04-15-2017, 04:41 PM
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We were in the car and my gf mentioned that the woman she'd recently purchased a horse from owns a bridle shop. I thought about it a bit and then asked if she sold saddles and other stuff as well. She explained it is a bridal shop. Meanwhile, I had reasoned to myself that bridles are complicated enough to justify a specialty shop.
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Old 04-15-2017, 05:42 PM
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When I was in college in the nineties I lived in the worst neighborhood of a mid size industrial city. Our nearest store was a large bodega or small supermarket called 'Pennywise' that catered almost solely to homeless or near homeless people. They had:
  • Single cigarettes
  • All beer and malt liquor served as cheap singles
  • A couple of washers and dryers with a curtained sitting area so you could wash the clothes on your back and wait in your underwear.
  • A 'Professional Canner's Redemption Center'. Our state had a deposit so the homeless would collect cans. Oddly if you were a well dressed college student and tried to return your cans they would turn you away. They only dealt in volume.

I always admired their owners for finding a niche and comitting to it.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:33 PM
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I always thought someone should open a shop selling dyed fabrics and clothes made from that fabric called The Batik Boutique.
Guess what. Someone beat you to it. It's in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

https://www.thebatikboutique.com/

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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 04-19-2017, 09:28 PM
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I walked into a tiny shop in Dublin that only sold hairspray. I had left mine at home so was incredibly pleased to find the place. They had every imaginable kind of hairspray, some in huge bottles "Professional" sizes.

What they didn't have was pump bottles, they were all aerosol* and all scented. Naturally, what I wanted was unscented, in a pump bottle. D'oh!





*You see kids, people used to be too lazy to pump their fingers up and down to get liquid to spray out in tiny droplets. So the manufacturers put the liquid into metal tubes packed with pressurized Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), or perfluorocarbons (PFCs). These caused a massive hole in the ozone layer, and that's why you have to wear sunscreen, and why Grandpa has skin cancer. But for three brief, shining decades, you could just press your finger down, and surround your head with a beautiful fine cloud of hairspray, or your underarms with deodorant, or whatever.

The cans also had a terrible tendency to explode in your luggage on an airplane.
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Old 04-20-2017, 02:08 AM
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Does anyone remember digital audio tape? Perhaps it amounted to something in the world of audio professionals, but for most of us it was the briefest of flashes in the pan. I think it lasted about twenty minutes tops, at some point while regular cassettes were on the decline and compact discs were becoming the standard.

Nevertheless, for many years "The DAT Store" held forth on the south side of Wilshire near 26th Street in Santa Monica. At night they kept the interior lights on and you could see nothing but large cartons and boxes inside. It looked as if the movers had delivered the inventory, but the owners never got around to unpacking it and arranging it on shelves. There didn't seem to be any shelves on which to arrange things. Through all the years it was open--and I'd swear to at least five--everything continued to look exactly the same, with no boxes ever getting unpacked or even, apparently, moved. I'd usually see it in the evening, so of course I never saw anyone go in or out of the shop. Maybe customers came and went during the middle of the weekdays when I wasn't around, who knows?

To this day I don't know if it was a legitimate business or just some kind of front or tax dodge.

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