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Funny Shop Names

Funny Shop Names That Made Will and Guy laugh Funny shops - Sofa So Good

If you opened a shop, what would you call it?  Here are amusing and memorable names collected by site visitors and Guardian readers.

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Funny Shop NamesThe Hound of the Basket Meals.

  • There's a mobile snack caravan on Dartmoor named : 'The Hound of the Basket Meals'.
  • There is a bakery in Sutton called 'Agatha Crustie'.
  • In Turnham Green, Chiswick we find a dry cleaner called 'Turn 'em Clean'.
    [Nick Robinson]
  • 'A Pane in the Glass' is the amusing name of a glazier's in New York State, USA.Vinyl Frountiers - Funny shop name
  • I have seen two of his examples, one in Croydon named 'The Vinyl Frontier'; a shop which sells second hand records;
  • Another example is a restaurant in Belfast called 'Thai Tanic'.
  • Teddy bear shop in Penge called 'Bearly Trading'. [Isabel Radage]
  • Fish and chip shop in Santa Ponsa, Mallorca named 'Oh My Cod'. [David Harries]
  • Will has found a bakery in Albert Road, Southsea called 'Upper Crustie'.
  • Bob Forster from Shipton-under-Wychwood in Oxon, UK has found a local plumber whose van announces: 'The Lone Drainer - he come pronto.'
  • Other funny shop names such as Vinyl Frontier (Final frontier) can be found at a website called Shop Horror owned by Guy Swillingham.

Funny Chip Shop Names

Fish and Chip shops are a particular rich seam of funny shop names.

  • We have savoured the hake and chips at a shop called: 'A Fish called Rhondda'. We were on our way to Caerphilly and found the chippy in Ton Pentre, South Wales.
  • Not far from the golf course in Santa Ponça, Mallorca there is chip shop called: 'Oh My Cod'.
  • There are a number of 'Codfather' chippies, most notably: 'The Codfather', Camps Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 'A Salt N Battered' is to be found in London road, Sheffield, England.
    Nearby in Walkley, Sheffield is Codrophenia.  (Quadrophenia by The Who)
  • There is also an Indian restaurant in Ayr in Scotland called "AYR INDIA.
  • There was another Indian restaurant in Radford, Nottingham, UK which went under the name of 'Balti Towers'. [Probably only appreciated by British readers who like Fawlty Towers]
  • Once again Shop Horror has a good collection of funny names of fish and chip shops: see below:
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Funny Fish and Chip Shop Names

We thank Guy Swillingham, author of 'Shop Horror: The Best of the Worst in British Shop Names', see more at  Shop Horror.  In fact this book of funny shop titles would make a wonderful present.

... and also the Frying Scotsman

Funny Fish and Chip Shop Names
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More Funny Shop Names in England

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Bread of Heaven Pontypool WalesEating Out?  Soon Fatt

 

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Meating Place
Joanna tells us there is a butcher's shop called Meating Place in Armidale NSW, Australia.  Joanna herself has a shop called 'Sticky Fingers', where she sells lollies.

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Here is Another Collection of Funny Shop NamesBarbers shop named ' 
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  • Would you believe a driving school in the Merseyside area called 'L Passo'.
    [David Percy]
  • Fruit, vegetable and flower shop in Aylsham and Reepham, Norfolk goes by the droll name of 'Meloncaulie Rose'.
    [Mary + John Longhurst]
  • Barbers shop named 'Herr Kutz'. [David Percy]
  • The village of Knockin, in Shropshire has to have a 'Knockin Shop' naturally. What it sells is not given.
    [Peter Smith]
  • There is, apparently, a mobile snack bar in Cornwall, UK which goes by the name of, 'The Star Chip Enterprise.'
    [John Aikman]
  • On a butcher's van on Dartmoor - 'Tor to Tor Delivery. '[Roger McCann reports]
  • A hire van company in Kent called 'Van Gough'.
    [Bob Humm saw]
  • In the town of Havant, Hants, UK a greetings card shop can be found that goes by the name of 'Havant Forgotten'.
    [Nick Morris]
  • Between Tenby and Pembroke can be found a specialist horticultural nursery boasting a sign reading: 'Your fuchsia is in our hands.' [Tim Large]
  • There is a whole-food shop in Argyll called 'Oban Sesame'. [Cyril Bailey]
  • Drop your pants here, and you will receive prompt attention.  An eye-catching sign on a dry cleaners.
  • I am led to believe that in Dulmen, Germany, there is a flower shop named 'Blumen Ecke'.
    [Sent in by Nigel McNeilly, who suspects that the humour may be lost on the owners.]

    Footnote:
    Lana wrote: I am living in Germany and I can vouch for it, 'Blumen Ecke' is true.  Not only in Dulmen but in almost any town in Germany you can see that name for flower shops, or flower isles at supermarkets.  In the German language 'Blumen Ecke' simply means, "Flower Corner" thus: die Blume (noun, singular, female), die Blumen (noun, plural, female) = the flowers. die Ecke (noun, singular, female) = the corner.

Then There is Always: The Lunatic Fringe!

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Lunatic Fringe

We thank Guy Swillingham, author of 'Shop Horror: The Best of the Worst in British Shop Names', see more at  Shop HorrorSalty Towers

Funny Names of Restaurants and Hotels

Guy spotted there is a restaurant in Halesowen, Birmingham, England called: 'Balti Towers'.  Mary Maddocks wrote to say there was another curry house called Balti Towers in Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England.

Chip n' Dales - Fish Restaurant in New Jersey

There is also a Thai Phoon in Dupon Circle, Washington, DC

 

Footnote:
Please send in your funny shop names, for example:
In St. Andrew's By the Sea, New Brunswick, Canada, we have a bed and breakfast called, "Salty Towers".

(Kindly sent by Keith M.)

Also, we hear rumours of a butchers called:
'The Meating Place'.

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