|Hair salon in Westminster, London|
Once, when I was in Middleton near Manchester, I spotted a beauty salon that specialised in sun bed treatments. It was called "Tanya Whitebitz". At first, I didn't get it. I thought that the owner, Tanya, was probably of Polish descent. Then the penny dropped.
Over the years I have mentally noted the quirky names of several hairdressing salons and indeed fish and chip shops too. It seems that small business people are frequently filled with creativity when sitting down to come up with fresh names for their new ventures.
Here are the names of some hairdressing businesses - "Hairport", "Choppers", "British Hairways", "Comb Together", "Hairwaves", "Edge Cutters" (at Nether Edge, Sheffield), "Clippity Do-Da" and "Ahead of Time".
When it comes to fish and chip shops, there's "The Codfather", "Chip-In-Dales", "Oh My Cod", "Frydays", "Fishcotheque" and "New Cod on the Block" You have also got "Our Plaice" and "Captain Haddock" after that character from TinTin.
In Britain there are many pub names that end with the word "Arms" and were invariably named after noble families. For example, around Sheffield, we have several pubs called "The Devonshire Arms" and "The Norfolk Arms". However, when I was a university student I noticed a pub in Glasgow called "The Muscular Arms".
Do you know any similarly eye-catching business names? Perhaps places you have seen or read about along the way. Please add to my little list.
|Pub in St Albans, Hertfordshire|