Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tell Me Thursday – hair cut and a rifle


For my fantabulous Wordless Wednesday entry this week, I posted the photo over there on the left.

Yes, I know exactly what you’re thinking – this photo was taken in my beloved Arkansas, right? No, no it wasn’t. Not as far as I know, anyway.

The thing about this barber/gun shop is that it kind of reminds me of the type of thing one might see around here. Arkansans, it seems, just love to blend businesses that – on paper – just don’t look like they should be paired.

A great example of what I mean can be found in Fayetteville at this place called Soap-N-Suds. It was a laundromat and bar all rolled into one. Yes, when I was a student at the University of Arkansas, I enjoyed heading down there, doing some laundry, knocking back a few brews, shooting pool, playing video games and just generally being distracted from the drudgery that comes with washing clothes.

Now, a laundromat/bar might look odd on paper, but it worked well. Perhaps the same is true of a barber who also sells guns.

On a somewhat related subject, there was this place here in Benton called Popplo’s Pizza (or something like that) that went out of business years ago. It then became kind of a tamale and cheese dip restaurant and that didn’t last long.

Once the tamale place failed, it became a taxidermy shop. That closed a few months ago and the place is now a barbecue joint.

Yeah. That’s right. A former taxidermy shop is now a restaurant. Ick.

I don’t think I’ll be eating there. It would be as bad as ordering up a meal in a restaurant that was once a funeral home. It might actually be worse, in fact.

This post is part of the grand Tell Me Thursday event – a chance for Tell Me Wednesday participants to tell the story behind their posts. Click here to see the other entries or (better yet) submit something of your own.


Don said...

Just a bit south of my town we have, as advertised along the highway, "Pecans and sheet metal shop. 1 mile." Another sign in town states, "T.V. repair and wigs." Weird.

The Natural State Hawg said...

Don -- Not weird -- that's the South!

MR. New Dilemma said...

Here in north Georgia we have a Pawn & Produce. Gawd, I love the south!

Steve said...

I don't do haircuts since I shave my head. But Soap and Suds would get a lot of business from me if I lived there. It's a great idea cuz laundry is boring as hell. And it makes me want to drink. lol

The Natural State Hawg said...

Mr. New Dilemma -- Looking more and more like it's not just something particular to Arkansas -- folks in the South just love this type of thing.

Steve -- Soap-N-Suds was wonderful, indeed. A couple of brews helped out immeasurably with laundry.