Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tell Me Thursday – hair cut and a rifle

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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.

5 comments:

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.