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    Party stores and party houses: unusual local names for common business types

    In my travels throughout the US, I've noticed that certain types of businesses are called a completely unique name in one city or region. If you refer to that type of business using the local vernacular outside the region, most people will have no idea what you're talking about. A few examples:

    Banquet hall: in Rochester, it's a party house, while in Cleveland it's called a party center. When I think of "party house", I don't think of huge Italian weddings, but rather this:



    Inner city convenience store: NYC has bodegas, and Detroit has party stores.

    Convenience store: in some parts of southern Ontario near the US border, many are called a milk bar.

    Can you think of any other examples?

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    Around here banquet halls are often called party barns, especially when they are in a more country setting like a log building or something like that.

    The drive-thru liquor stores vary by name across the country as well. Incidentally, those are also called party barns.

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    Liquor stores in South Carolina are called "Package Stores". When I first moved here someone said he had to go to the package store before it closed, I thought he was talking about a UPS Store, Mail Box Etc. kinda thing.....guess there is something offensive about Liquor being in a store's name.
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    Historically Michiganders have referred to those places that sell six packs, candy, and lottery tickets as 'party stores' or even 'liquor stores' but more and more I've been hearing 'convenience store' creep into the vernacular.

    How about 'ports' vs 'harbors'? Seems like you hear folks from New England or the Maritimes referring to places where ships moor as harbors alot more than folks from the Great Lakes region.
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    Redemption Centers

    I always thought those were churches, but it turns out that in Maine (and elsewhere?) it's a place to get your bottle deposits back. Here in Oregon you get your deposits back at Safeway or Albertsons, of the IGA, or wherever fine libations are sold.

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    Down here they are "reception halls". A party store sells stuff for parties, balloons, cards, etc.

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    Philadelphia has a lot of "delis" that are basically corner stores that sell 40s and junk food. Pennsylvania's liquor laws influence the vernacular. They call themselves delis because they're technically take-out restaurants, so they have a take-out beer licence. A convenience store wouldn't be allowed to sell beer.

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    Quote Originally posted by passdoubt View post
    Philadelphia has a lot of "delis" that are basically corner stores that sell 40s and junk food. Pennsylvania's liquor laws influence the vernacular. They call themselves delis because they're technically take-out restaurants, so they have a take-out beer licence. A convenience store wouldn't be allowed to sell beer.
    For those of us who will be at APA this year, where DO you buy beer, wine, vodka, etc?

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    Quote Originally posted by Zoning Goddess View post
    For those of us who will be at APA this year, where DO you buy beer, wine, vodka, etc?
    At the State Store. At least that was what they were called when I lived in PA.

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