The Five Best Stores To Meet Your Next Date
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.
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
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
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
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.