There’s something so special about a good wordplay joke. That special little turn of phrase that you repeat over and over again chuckling to yourself… What better way to advertise without advertising? How better to get someone to remember your store than be having a joke built right into the name? These hilarious, pun-tastic store names will have these companies lodged in your memory.
Rhetoricians referred to them as the (auspiciously titled) paronomasia, playing on the sounds and meaning of words. Linguists called them homophones, different words that are pronounced the very same weigh… err way. We are simply going to call them puns, and they are fantastic.
How do you entice someone into a mom and pop shop nowadays in the world of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Make a d*ck joke! How do you distinguish your pet grooming place from the hundreds of others in the city? Make a classic film reference! Make your liquor store sound dirty if you say it out loud and watch the costumers (and the free press) roll in.
We’ve scoured the world (from the safety of… the Internet) for the best puns money can buy. Enjoy the creativity of these shop owners with great senses of humor and go shop there! Help keep these wonderful small businesses afloat by voting below, and with your dollars.
It’s Not a Store, but MAN That’s Good
For the Ph.D. Endowed Cyclist
Its Namesake Requires it Be Overpriced
Now That’s Just Shellfish
They Thought About Changing the Name But No, No, No
Curious How the First Part Relates to the Second
RUN FLORIST RUN!
Tok This Wayyyy
Lost Boys’ Day Job
I’m Comfortable with This Pun
The Sister Store Is Hugs and Kittens
That Place Is Barely Staying Afloat
How to the Point
Business names are a face to the world. A careless spelling error is a ketchup stain on your collar; typeface kerning that changes a phrase’s meaning is like buttoning your shirt wrong. Also, a name like ‘The Okayest Bar,’ ‘This Is Where You Buy Food’ or ‘We Make You Hair Shorter’ is not going to cut it in these days’ consumerist environment, where small businesses have to go beyond the limits of creativity to get noticed. So sometimes, you just have to wear a bowtie and a clown-nose, as these hilarious and unusual names of stores and shops prove!
Some people will claim that these funny shop names are a mistake. Nay! They are examples of the wittiest wits that the internet and business world has to offer as to creative names. Which one is the funniest?