There are two types of business owners in NYC. The first type think of a store name as little more than a simple way for the general public to understand what their business is all about. The others, however, regard it as an opportunity to flex their punning muscles with about as much regard to the consequences as a drunk teenager in a tattoo parlour. This is a celebration of the second group…
1. Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery
Right out of the gate with a classic. This pottery store goes the extra mile to entice you with the Ghost poster in the window. If we ever take up pottery, 90% of the decision will be based on the late great Patrick Swayze’s messy performance.
654 10th Ave
2. Kropps & Bobbers
Not one, but two hairdressing puns got crammed onto this funky storefront.
15 Clinton St
3. A Salt & Battery
This one gets the slow clap. Genius.
112 Greenwich Ave
It’s a kosher Chinese restaurant. Geddit?
2003 Victory Blvd
5. Pita Pan
Extra points if you knew “pan” is Spanish for bread, bringing the pun full circle.
167 7th Ave
6. City Sliquors
You can tell whoever came up with that was very pleased with themselves. And rightly so.21-01 Astoria Blvd
See? It’s like Bloomingdales for dogs!
349 E 82nd St
8. UN Piece Cleaners
Just down the street from the United Nations Headquarters. What else were you going to call it?
865 United Nations Plaza
Tee hee!73 Thompson St
10. You’ve Got Nail
You’ve got more than one, surely. Still, works for us.574-584 Lorimer St
Hands down our favourite. Extra points for opting for the “d” instead of a “t” in “about”.
270 Vanderbilt Ave
12. Prints Charming
See what they did there?
310 4th St
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