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Shoe Store and Bakery?!

We’ve all seen places where two business are run out of the same storefront (outside view or entrance to a store). There are a lot of strange combinations and sometimes it is difficult to see how the two business complement (go well together with) each other.

Here’s an example:

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A laundromat is a place where people go to wash their dirty clothes. Tanning beds are machines that use light to help people get a tan (darker color to their skin, normally from being out in the sun). I suppose you could tan while your clothes are in the washer (machine to wash clothes) or dryer (machine to dry clothes). I don’t recommend tanning, of course, but this would be an efficient (doing the most with the least amount of time) use of time.

Here’s another one:

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When people go fishing, they use bait to catch fish. Live means living, so “live bait” means worms, the small, long animals that live in the dirt, that are still living, not dead. A gameroom is a place where you go…well…to play games, such as pool, pinball, and videogames. If you can think of a way that these two business go together, you have a better imagination than I do.

Have you seen any strange or unusual business combinations in your town or on your travels?

~ Lucy

7 Responses to “Shoe Store and Bakery?!”

  1. Celeste Says:

    I am still laughing with the live bait and game room, I never have seen something like that here in California but wouldn’t surprise me. I guess, there is some kind of game that required live bait or maybe you can fish in some sort of tank that they provide and in that way they sell live bait.

  2. ESLPodcast Google Group Says:

    I think we english learners make a lot of strange combinations every day when we are writing or speaking… LOL

  3. Ally Says:

    Actually, I found the “laundromat & tanning beds” conbination in Ohio!
    Isn’t that popular in the U.S??

  4. Grzegorz Says:

    My favorite one is this one http://www.eslpod.com/eslpod_blog/2007/09/28/44/ :-D

  5. emiliano Says:

    My mouth is still open with so amusing thing. No, I haven’t places like them here in my country, but all depends of time, and sure it should be possible in future as we are going through very bad times of Crissis.
    Good Lucy, humour is necessary every moment.

  6. Renat Says:

    Hello Lucy! Could you explain this phrase, please. ” you have a better imagination than [b] you I do [/b]

  7. Chris Says:

    Hi all,
    Last year during my holidays in Italy, I went to a bar & photographer ! I would have been able to see the type of photos :)