One thing I love about my new neighborhood is the lack of English I hear spoken on the streets. Everywhere I turn I hear Spanish, Spanish, Spanish, which is great for keeping my castellano sharp. It’s also nice that business owners and restaurateurs don’t take one look at me before switching to English–you can’t imagine how annoying that gets after the umpteenth time.
Unexpectedly, however, the further away from the multilingual center of the city I get, the more English shop names I find. Close to Plaza de Manuel Becerra, for example, there is the double-take inducing “Bar Haway,” a bad take on “Hawaii.” And further afield, on the edge of the M-30, there is a business called “Step Master.” What do you think you can find inside? At first I thought it would refer to a gym–but no, it is actually an English language school.
Now take these other examples from my barrio. Most of them stick with snappy, one-word wonders:
You’ve got my attention. Now what?
How about a “cooffe” date?
Two-for-one! Are we clear on that?
Where ink cartridges go to have a better life
“First You”? How kind!
Dare I say this name is…PERFECT?
Retailgas. Wait, WHAT?
Do you have any funny English shop names in your area? Please share!