Tell us about weird businesses in your area. By "weird" I mean:
In the neighborhood I grew up in, there used to be a store that sold ... beer cans and brewerania. From what I remember, the place was open only four days a week, I think Wednesday through Saturday, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
- Weird merchandise.
- Weird decor.
- Weird employees/owner.
- Generally weird vibe.
In another Buffalo neighborhood, one which went further down the tubes than the place I grew up in, there was a relic of a retailer that was in business until just recently - a fedora store. It's amazing that their business lasted so long after 1960, but apparently they held on. Are there still any real hat stores -- not baseball cap, but old fashioned hat stores -- in business anywhere outside of NYC?
Buffalo also had several Catholic supply stores; shops that sold nothing but Virgin Mary statues, candles, and other items related to Catholic rituals, apparently for religious do-it-yourselfers.
There's a store not far from where I live now that sells nothing but air and water purifiers - "The Good Living Store." Whenever I walk by, I never see any customers in the place, but occasioanlly, there will be some sort of meeting or something going on; several folks just sitting in chairs arranged in a circle. That's another category I'd like to add - the business where you never see any customers, yet it's been there forever and you have no idea how they make money.
A few doors down from the air filter store is a store that sells nothing but parts scrapped from elderly computers; 500 megabyte hard drives, 12" monitors, ISA network cards, ancient AT cases, 5 1/4" floppy drives, and so on ... along with overpriced computers made up from what are apparently the best scrapped parts they get. ($500 for 400 MHz boxes, etc.) The personalities of the employees are along the lines of "Nick Burns: Your Company's Computer Guy" from SNL and "The Comic Book Guy" from the Simpsons.
Across the street is a gunsmith. I've never seen it open, but apparantly the place is in business.