Smoke and Dress

Real Estate Agent

Like most communities we have many small shopping centers scattered about town. They serve different neighborhoods and in our area even different cultures. To me, our local Hispanic and Asian markets are most useful because I can find an array of spices and other necessities for my cooking projects. I find that I learn more about a culture just by cooking with ethnic ingredients. Knowing more about the uses of new fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices makes cooking more creative and enjoyable.

Store signs are another matter. Some are quite confusing and somewhat intriguing. Intriguing enough for me to make a visit to see what's up, like the sign below. Just what the sign signs, as you enter the store a display of cigarettes, cigars and lighters. The rest of the store an incredible inventory of dresses of all sizes, serving children and adult women who celebrate the important events of their Hispanic culture. It may seem like an odd combination at first, but the sign worked.....I went in!

Comments (3)

Andrew McGrath
Donovan Group Realty - Santa Ana, CA

Hi Greg,

I've also found that the smaller grocery stores have fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers more than stuff that's been shipped from other countries.


Feb 28, 2011 04:19 AM
Ron Tarvin
Residential, Investment properties, rehab projects, property management, luxury homes, new construction! - Katy, TX
Broker, Katy, Houston, Cypress 77450,77494,77095

I'd say that's a little bizarre...guess I'm just not as spontaneous as you.  I've seen a few signs around town that I've often wondered "what the heck?" as I drove by but never stopped to find out.  You would think you'd want to let everyone know what you're doing if you're in business...unless of course you don't want EVERYONE to know what you're doing!

Feb 28, 2011 04:27 AM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ

GOOD MORNING GREG!  Did you buy anything?  You've inspired me to stop and check out signs like this that I see around my area!

Mar 03, 2011 10:54 PM