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22-Jun-11
Mid century/vintage store names...
I remember when I was a kid living in Denver there was a store called Dead Peoples Stuff. I thought that was so cool! What's the coolest/strangest store name that you have heard?
posted by EamesJunkie
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22-Jun-11

Mmmmmm the ones here should be called "all the ugly shit I don't want in my own house"
posted by Heath (AUS)
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22-Jun-11
Vintage clothier:
"Shaky Jake the Vagabond Vendor."

"Al Bum's" used (phonograph) record store.

Both from the '70's in a gritty New England city.
posted by tktoo
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22-Jun-11
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Not vintage design stores but there was, I swear this is true, an estate agent near where I used to live 'Çavalier Realty' and a cafe named 'Fiascos'.

What would be hilarious though would be a ladies lingerie shop called Petit Bourgeoisie.
posted by Heath (AUS)
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22-Jun-11
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....'Totally Weird Shit'...& it was too!

posted by Ball (AUS)
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22-Jun-11
not a vintage store...
but had to mention it. there's this hair salon near where i grew up called:

CURL UP AND DYE
posted by fcresenc
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22-Jun-11
Yeah, there are definitely...
Yeah, there are definitely some salons with funny names like that. I saw a Curl Up + Dye in Altoona, PA, the summer I spent there. The real kicker about the place though? It was right across the street from a funeral parlor! I thought it was hilarious, but also...terrible :)
posted by brbeard (USA)
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22-Jun-11
Gritty New England City...
Hey tktoo, wasn't Shaky Jake's in Worcester and Al Bum's in Haverhill? The latter is indeed gritty, but Worcester's pretty cool. I grew up just a few miles away from there.

Weirdest name I ever saw was (and it's not that weird): The Junk Closet in Williamstown, MA when I was in college. Probably long gone now...
posted by Olive (USA)
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22-Jun-11
Space Available
I once saw a store dealing with mostly space age modern and the name of the store is "Space Available". All the store front had was an empty white display window and the sign read "Space Available" with the phone number underneath. It really did look like a vacant spot!
posted by sirlampsalot (USA)
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22-Jun-11
Olive. Worcester's pretty cool???
You must be from Auburn!

Shaky's outfitted me for years. I still have a couple of items I bought there. Same goes for Al Bum's, which was on Shrewsbury St. out towards Spag's and possibly related to one in Haverhill? I don't know.
posted by tktoo
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22-Jun-11
A taxidermist in London...
A taxidermist in London (circa. 1988 when I saw it) called 'Get Stuffed'
Heath - I ditto your comment
posted by islandmodern
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23-Jun-11
well then



an unadvertised (by choice) hipster hangout in my area is called Hugh Joergan's.


Mostly crusty, but hung?? wanna- be's, and an assortment of strange female "doorbell trade". Great ska music, decent food, and unusually strong highballs. Great mid afternoon non-sense.


ps (as in huge organs)..that means below the bible belt, folks.


oh goodness.
posted by Mark
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23-Jun-11
How insulting!
Auburn's definitely an armpit. I'm from Mendon...lots of good Yankee history in that town! And I stand by my conviction that Worcester is pretty cool. I happen to like the place, it has a certain blowsy panache. Good old Spag's...it's just not the same any more, it used to be fabulously weird and weirdly fabulous.
posted by Olive (USA)
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23-Jun-11
so classy Mark, so classy :) ...
so classy Mark, so classy :)

I went to a bar with some friends once and the young trainee hospitality kids were in charge of the bar, seems they hadn't been taught that a measure of whisky is not a full tumbler with some ice in it, that was fun.
posted by Heath (AUS)
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23-Jun-11
Okay, Olive. Wormtown does have one cool place.
Not mid-century exactly, but certainly modern and nowhere near its namesake:
posted by tktoo
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23-Jun-11
Well Venturi might like it, d...
Well Venturi might like it, decorated shed and all that.

Its nice to see some local connections happening here, I'm the only design keen type here, which is ok cos I get the cool stuff but sometimes its a bit lonely, thank the lord for the wine glut and all you fine DA folk.

I did once see an English football team smoking pot, dry humping and wet kissing on a ferry in the days (sadly) before digital cameras and facebook, where did all the fun go?
posted by Heath (AUS)
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23-Jun-11
The thing about George's Coney Island, Heath,
is that it is entirely authentic and intact. The experience is pretty much exactly as you would imagine from the way it appears in the photo. It really is like walking onto an elaborate movie set. I wish I could find some interior shots of the '40's Deco bar portion.

Ah ha! Should've gone to the source, I guess!
http://www.coneyislandlunch.com/history.php5
posted by tktoo
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23-Jun-11

Not a shop, but I have just been stuck behind a scaffolding firms truck in London traffic. On the back it said,
Jackson Scaffolding 'Where your erection is in safe hands'.
posted by H.moon (UK)
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23-Jun-11
not a shop but I once...
not a shop but I once delivered to a massive mcmansion called "Disldo"...which is a play on "This will Do"
posted by Killian (IRL)
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24-Jun-11
My Mom's vintage store is...
My Mom's vintage store is called Beggars and Choosers.
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