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    Small town business names

    After driving across about a third of the United States this week, much of it off the Interstates, I noticed that the names of businesses located in small towns seem to have the diversity of Chinese restaurant names. The vast majority seem to follow certain formulas, not typically used for naming businesses in larger metropolitan areas. For instance ...

    Initial & Initial, more often than not used for businesses that involve construction or motor vehicles. The letter J is used a disproportionately large amount as the first initial. Examples: J&B Wrecking, J&R Guns, J&D Trucking, J&L Furniture.

    Religious names, which are found on more than churches. Examples: Jesus is Lord Towing, Jesus is Coming Soon General Contractor, Christ is Master Disposal.

    Someone's Place, often found on restaurants and coffee houses. That "someone" is usually a woman with a "country" sounding name. Examples: Betty's Place Restaurant, Tammy's Place Coffee House, Luann's Place Salon, Patty Ann's Place - Clothing for Big Beautiful Women.

    The cute generic name, typically used for antique stores, restaurants, used product stores, and similar businesses. Examples: That Restaurant, Yet Another Diner, This Antique Store, That Consignment Store.

    Any other formulas for business names that you've seen, in small towns or otherwise?
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    Re: Small town business names

    Here's a couple of favorites from rural northern NY

    Religious names
    Acts II Construction - "Building bridges for Christ"

    The cute generic name
    A neighborhood bar in a small city called The Office. I like it! "Honey, I won't be home for dinner. It's looking like a late night at The Office."
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    We have Miracle Homes- a christian based company

    The running joke amongst building inspectors - "Yeah, its a miracle they stay standing."

    *YAWN*

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    There is an antique shop in Cape Breton run by a fellow named Myles, it is called Myles from Nowhere.

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    Anybody have a bar called The Brass Rail, or The Dew Drop Inn? How about stores called <name's> Country Corrner?

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    Don't forget The Outhouse in Lancaster County, PA. (Check out the Man Eating Chicken)

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    I think it is in Oneida, NY on Route 20.. or Route 5... I have seen picture of it on the web..... and actually in person of

    "Pepe's Pizza and Bridal Shop"

    The best part is the 30 foot high gorilla on the roof....


    for a while on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse NY.. during the late 80's...there was a sign for a clothing and sporting goods store:

    "Dicks for Men and Boys"

    the sign was up for a good year or so.. before they shortened changed it to "Dicks"
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    there is a dive of a bar called "the Brass Rail" in Binghamton, NY...
    "Yeehaw!" is not a foreign policy

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    There is a "Mac's Club" in downtown Fairfield. A dingy, black-shiny-tile-=from-the-1940s building owned by a judge.

    OT: All of you who are in favor of the new no-smoking-in-bars laws, there is a negative side effect:

    The denizens of a bar like Mac's are forced into public view-often the first time they've seen daylight in years, to catch their smokes. Not a pretty sight.

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    Originally posted by Michael Stumpf
    Anybody have a bar called The Brass Rail, or The Dew Drop Inn? How about stores called <name's> Country Corrner?
    There's a restaurant called The Brass Rail next to the building I work in. Never eaten there, but pretty good apparently.

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    Originally posted by Michael Stumpf
    Anybody have a bar called The Brass Rail, or The Dew Drop Inn? How about stores called <name's> Country Corrner?
    There is a Golden Rail in Waynesburg, PA

    Another formula name is _____'s Country Kitchen, which are all over the South. I can think of three of them in three neighboring counties in SC.

    Kind of OT
    My favorite local bar name is Stiffy's, which is located at the corner of High and Boner streets in Waynesburg, PA

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    Originally posted by Michael Stumpf
    Anybody have a bar called The Brass Rail, or The Dew Drop Inn?
    Good grief, "Dew Drop Inn" is ubiquitous. There's one in Saranac Lake, New York. Also Dew Drop Inn antique shop in Cold Spring.

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    Bar named "My Place" and another "The Library" near campus.


    "Dicks for Men and Boys"
    brings to mind a restaurant owners personal license plate that read "Eat Out" of course if you did not know his occupation you might think of something else!
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    names

    I know of restaurants, the Post and Paddock and The Triple Crown. I'm a littly leery about restaurants with a horsy motif, especially if their specialty is steaks.
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    There's a church called "Smoking for Jesus." Smoking what you ask? Well, you be the judge of that.
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    Clermont FL used to have "Rambo Florist".

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    Oh, and how about the extraneous "e"s, as in "Olde Country Shoppe". Yick.

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    Alliteration where it doesn't belong "Kim's Korner", or any "K" used in place of "C". "Korner Tavern"

    Around here, you see a lot of apostrophes used before plural "s".

    And the Olde English use - Ye Olde........ Mrs. Shakespeare (yes, I know it's not her name) won't shop there.

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    I am sure it is not unique, but it is one of my favorites:


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    Originally posted by Zoning Goddess
    Oh, and how about the extraneous "e"s, as in "Olde Country Shoppe". Yick.
    That's not exclusive to small towns. The condo high-rise going up in my neighborhood is using the word "Pointe" on its advertising.

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    There was a meat processor outside of Greencastle PA named "Rotz Meats" and that is my personal favorite.

    I've seen several bars with names like "The Library" or "My Sister's Place", kind of like "The Office."

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    There's a business not too far from my job, called "Ash Wipe Chimney Sweeping". I kid you not.

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    I lived in an apartment complex called "The Pointe" for a couple of years. I hate extra "e's"

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    Originally posted by BKM
    I hate extra "e's"
    I'm just waiting for the next mixed use project around here to be named something like "The Shoppes at Olde Pointe Towne Centre"

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