Forget the Walmart Superstores… you won’t find them around here. Look what I spotted just the other day:
That’s right: a slipper store. Since it was closed I couldn’t verify if they sold just slippers, or a few other slipper-related items, like perhaps pajamas or linens. My guess is probably, but a part of me kind of hopes not, because the idea of a store devoted entirely to just slippers is something that I find quite charming and quaint. I’d have to question how they manage to stay in business, but that’s another story.
Or, how about this shop?
Tessuti per camicie.
Fabric for shirts.
And it looks like that’s exactly what you’ll find…
…if you need to make a shirt.
The only thing I’ve ever seen in the States that comes close to these one-item shops is the One Book Bookstore in Bisbee, Arizona. Walter Swan couldn’t find a publisher for his book, so he self-published and opened a store to sell his book. Just that one book. When he wrote another book, he opened a shop next door called The Other Book Bookstore. I’m not making this up…for four years in the early 1990s I lived about 30 minutes from Bisbee.
But that was more of a publicity stunt, while shops like “Pantofole” and “Tessuti per Camicie” surely have loyal neighborhood customers who know just where to go when they find themselves in urgent need of a pair of slippers or fabric to make a dress shirt.
Does your city or town have any shops like this?