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The Five Best Stores To Meet Your Next Date

December 12th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

If you were a young, fine woman living in the DC-MD-VA area back in 2001, interested in purchasing some new music, there was a good chance you went to Sam Goody Music, located on the ground floor of Pentagon City mall. If you went on the right day, there was a good chance you left with more than just the album you were looking for, you left with a date with one of the store clerks as well. Of course, that store clerk was me.

Who would’ve thought, right? Certainly not the few lovely ladies I met during my time at Sam Goody. Probably nor did the women who walked into the Tower Records by the George Washington University campus when I worked there in 2003. Back in those days, I always saw my job as a perfect opportunity for me to talk to women I perhaps wouldn’t speak to in other settings. To say I took advantage would be an understatement. I capitalized and did well.

I say this not to brag. The other night I went to a stand-up performance headlined by Aziz Ansari. He had an extended rant on the difficulty of meeting perfectly normal people to date. His two biggest gripes were with bars/clubs and dating websites, both of which he said were horrible places to meet people.

Now, I don’t agree with him on either front. Clubs and bars have always worked well for me. I met the girl I’m dating now at a club, and I met my last serious girlfriend at another club. As for online dating, it’s become so commonplace I don’t think it’s bad, I just don’t think it’s as effective as it used to be.

But there are a lot of people who agree with Ansari and find both bars/clubs and online dating websites lost causes, which begs the question, where’s a good place to meet our next date? Well, my suggestion is the store. What kind of store? Glad you asked. Here are five stores, along with which gender would benefit from going into them the most. You’re welcome.

Store: Bookstore
Benefactor: Men
I was originally going to leave this off the list because I find it so obvious. I’ve been frequenting bookstores since I was a kid. Whenever my mom wanted to do some shopping, she knew where to find me. At the bookstore. Now that I’m older, you can still find me at a bookstore. What do I see every time I go to a bookstore besides the obvious? That’s right, women. Lots and lots of women. Something about bookstores, they have an element of charm that’s hard to match in any other type of store. Also, no light is greener than the one shown by a woman holding a book you’ve read yourself.

Store: Best Buy
Benefactor: Women
As the digital divide between genders slowly closes on a consumer front, there’s more reasons than ever for women to just do a quick walk through of any Best Buy. Thing is, most of these stores are such a sausage fest, the mere smell of a woman’s hair is enough to make some men drop the Bose iPod speakers they were holding to see if the PYT needs help. Ladies, I am an observer of human behavior, trust me when I say, I see this all the time in Best Buys everywhere. Just look lost near the video games section or the cameras section.

Store: Home Depot
Benefactor: Women
Whenever one of my female friends ask me where’s a good place to meet a man, I give them two spots. The first is right where they’re standing because they’re looking at me. The second is Home Depot. I don’t know if good men are actually walking the aisles, looking for some light switch casings, but I do know if you go to a man’s house and he doesn’t have light switch casings, he is not the type of guy you can bring home to your parents.

Store: Bed, Bath, & Beyond
Benefactor: Men
Fellas, some women love this store more than their own families. If ever you’re in the area of Bed, Bath, & Beyond, and you have some time to kill, go browse in the manly areas of their store like the desks and office furnishings. A woman at Bed, Bath, & Beyond is exactly the type of woman you want in your life, if only because she cares about things like fresh towels.

Store: Whole Foods/Trader Joe’s
Benefactor: Men and Women
Something about the aesthetics of Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s makes these fine food grocery stores a repellant against people who lack ambition in life. I appreciate that about them. Now I don’t shop at these stores regularly, largely because they’re not conveniently located next to me. I live in a downwardly mobile neighborhood. But that’s the thing about either of these stores. They’re usually in a nice neighborhood, which means they’re frequented by people who live in nice neighborhoods, and who doesn’t like to date people in nice neighborhoods.

They also obviously have an affinity for fresh, quality food, and those are the type of people you want in your life. (Although everyone knows the frozen foods and pre-packaged items at Trader Joe’s are Michelin Three-Star material, but that’s neither here nor there.) The fact is, grocery stores, nice ones, are filled with a lot of people making dinner for one. Remember that the next time you’re going to get some potatoes.

  • Guest

    Most men who go to Home Depot are Married and or with a significant other. Most of them are sent by their wives and or significant others to purchase items to renovate and or fix things around the house. if not to fix things around the house for their wives/significant others, the men are shopping for items to build their man cave as most are permitted to have one by their wives/significant others. Home Depot is not a good place to encourage single women to find a potential mate because you don’t want to encourage infidelity. In this day and age, anyone in their right mind who is against infidelity needs to take precaution of the places to find a potential mate. 

  • http://twitter.com/EvWasLike Junior

    Pure brilliance. I’ve already mastered the bookstore, but I’m seriously considering hitting Bed, Bath and Beyond to test this theory out. Thank you, Sensei.

  • http://scribblesandtostitos.wordpress.com Yaa Yaa

    @Guest oh really. Lol. I don’t see how you made a huge leap from Home Depot to infidelity. But ok. 

    Personally, I love shopping at Best Buy. It is a phenomenal place to meet men. A Men’s Shoe Store / Clothing store are also good places…so is a bookstore on an all-male campus…

  • Guest

    Most men who shop at Home Depot are married for your information. A single person in their right mind will make sure NOT to be involved with a married person because it is not right to support infidelity. if you do, you’re unfaithful.

  • Guest

    In this day and age, men who are in relationships lie about being in a relationship should a desirous interest come before them so that they can have side chicks. A man who has a side chick is unfaithful and should a woman be going along with the unfaithful man’s scheme, the woman is also unfaithful.

  • Guest

    Are you not aware that there are so many people in this world who are unfaithful that it makes it hard to trust anyone nowadays therefore one has to take precaution when it comes to going to places to find a date.

  • Guest

    Y’all are taking things way too serious.  Single men and women can be homeowners.  Where else would they go for items for minor repairs?  Home Depot or Lowes.  They carry bug spray, Potting soil, major appliances, vacuums, clothing organization items, paint, moving boxes, shower heads, have a key made, the list goes on. It’s not just for married people. Singles are everywhere.  Not just bars and lounges. A single person who owns their own home is a plus in my book.  Just take some time to see who you’re dealing with. 

  • Guest

    “Just take some time to see who you’re dealing with” – Exactly my point – make sure the person is single and unattached before going further with someone, the last thing you want to do is be a homewrecker. 

  • http://girlintheredshoes.wordpress.com/ girlintheredshoes

    These are all very true! I need to start spending more time in Home Depot. I could use a handy man as my next boyfriend 🙂 All I’m saying is that I’m staying far away from the video games section of Best Buy because if I date another guy who is addicted to COD…I’m just going to learn how to play the damn game myself!!

  • Guest

    just be careful as to who you meet at Home Depot as well. A man who doesn’t have a ring on his finger doesn’t mean he’s not attached. Don’t be 1 among the many who are Home wreckers.

  • Erin Duncan

    I hope men take this into account, I’d love to meet a man while I’m looking for books. 

  • a real woman

    So, what you’re trying to say is that you were wronged by your significant other, who it appears found a fling at Home Depot?  Yeah, we get it.  However, I have plenty of single friends, male and female, who venture to Home Depot often for random home repair items.

    Maybe in the future you yourself should be a real woman and repair something yourself, or run your own errands.  Quit sending your significant other out with “honey-do” lists…buck up, figure out how to be a bit more independent (and trusting), or your significant other who is out running around and checking items off his “honey-do” list (while attempting to make his clingy, distrustful woman happy) may find another “honey” to “do”.    “Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.”  -Booker T. Washington

  • Courtney F.

    Amen! It sounds to me like some guy with a tool belt burned her pretty damn badly. The reality is that there is no store that’s more likely to have single or married customers. You take a risk anywhere it is that you meet others.

  • Reneejill72

    I met my husband of 17 years at sam goody , lol