Top 5 Stores To Work In From A Movie

14 Nov

Yes, my good friends, this a Top 5 List.  Your eyes are not deceiving you.  It has been very close to a year since we did our last list.  But today marks a return to the traditions this blog was founded on.  So, without further ado, here it is.  The Top 5 Stores We Would Want To Work In That Are From A Movie.

To make this list, we had to put down a few ground rules.  Our first idea was simply jobs from a movie that we would want.  But it quickly become apparent that those would all involve Outer Space.  So, we changed it to jobs that we could actually have.  And that eventually became stores we would want to work in.  So, here it is.  As always, please let us know if we forgot anything, leave your own lists in the comments, and feel free to suggest any future Top 5 Lists.

David’s List

5.  The Travel Book Shop, from Notting Hill

One of the areas where Lara and I disagree is on romantic comedies, and Hugh Grant romantic comedies in particular.  I love them.  And one of my absolute favorites is Notting Hill.  And one of the most charming aspects of this completely charming film, is the bookstore that Will (Hugh Grant) owns.  It’s a travel bookstore, meaning it only deals with travel books.  Some people might find this boring, in fact, there are days when I’m sure I would find this boring, but it’s so utterly charming, and it’s in such a wonderful location, that I would still love to work there.  It’s quiet, it’s beautiful, and you get to hang out with the best version of Hugh Grant ever.

4.  Be Kind Rewind, from Be Kind Rewind

I would love to work in an independent video store.  And a crazy, old school video store, across the street from a junkyard owned by a slightly mad person, that is constantly hosting weird community events, is the video store of my dreams.  Movies are one thing that can bring people of all different backgrounds together, and the Be Kind Rewind store was the perfect example of that.  The entire community came together to make movies, to watch movies, and to love movies together.  That is exactly what makes movies beautiful, and that is exactly why I want to work there.

3.  Empire Records, from Empire Records

I have dreamed of working here since the first time I saw this movie.  This is pretty close to paradise for an employee.  The manager wants to have fun just as much as you do, and he’s not above throwing a celebrity out of the store if he’s a huge jerk.  Everyone you work with is extremely cool.  Incredible 90s music is constantly played.  And there’s a good chance you’ll get to be in a band at some point.  Or just talk to Ethan Embry about starting one.  Either one would be perfect.

2.  Ray’s Occult Books, from Ghostbusters II

Books are always interesting.  Occult books are even more interesting.  And hanging out with all four original Ghostbusters, while being an employee for Ray Stantz, is the most interesting thing I can think of.  While the scene in Ghostbusters II where they actually show Ray’s Occult Books is pretty short, it’s one of the best scenes in the movie.  The stuff he has for sale is fascinating.  The customers are bizarre and hilarious.  It looks like it might be the perfect work environment.  As long as it stays in business and no demons are accidently summoned.

1.  High Fidelity, from High Fidelity

The ultimate slacker’s record shop.  Not just in terms of the customers, but from the employees as well.  And at this point in my life, that is really appealing.  I have things I care about, and working at High Fidelity is perfect for them.  Not only would I be surrounded by records all day, but I would be working with really weird/hilarious people, there is zero stress, and customer service is not the ultimate goal.  After working in the service industry for a few years, your ultimate work fantasy eventually becomes a place where you can yell at the customers when they deserve it.  And if you also get to work with something you love and hang out with John Cusack and Jack Black while you do it, well all the better.

Lara’s List

5. Trax, from Pretty in Pink

I’m not much of a music buff, especially when it comes to 80s punk and all that noisy what-not, but Trax still would be a great place to work. First of all, there’s the element of organized chaos; it’s obviously got some order, which I absolutely need, but it’s also got the perfect amount of clutter and pizzazz. Then there’s Iona, the ideal boss who staples records to the ceiling, gives love advice, and, best of all, lets you come and go as you please. And thirdofly, Duckie is a regular. And any old time I’d want him to come and lip-synch like a master, I could just put on some Otis Redding, sit back, and swoon. Drawbacks: lack of music knowledge.

4. Flynn’s Arcade, from Tron

Whether or not it transports you into another dimension, Flynn’s Arcade is awesome. It’s got the classics, your Asteroids, your Pac-Mans, your Space Invaders, plus there are games that Dreamy McDreamerson (Flynn) himself created: Matrix Blaster, Vice Squad, TRON, etc. Drawbacks: constant bright-flashing machines may cause seizures, so may being around teenagers all day.

3. Duncan’s Toy Chest, from Home Alone 2

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of New York City, there is a homey store filled with all sorts of games and knickknacks and magic. Every time I watch this movie, I so badly want to build models, run up and down the stairs, and partake in general tinkerment. It’s the embodiment of Christmas! To be an employee there would be phenomenal, I’d get to play with kids and assemble toys AND hopefully befriend Mr. Duncan so as to start a collection of sweet smiles and turtledoves. Drawbacks: Sticky Bandits.

2. La Chocolaterie Maya, from Chocolat

Um…delicious chocolate, Irish gypsies, and Mayan enchantment, need I say more? I’d let Roux come around any time to get the squeak out of my door. Drawbacks: angry Frenchmen and potential obesity.

1. The Shop Around The Corner, from You’ve Got Mail


This is the job I want more than any other in the world. To be surrounded by children’s books AND children IN New York City. Not only does Kathleen get to decorate the store with characters like Arthur, Tigger, and Eloise, she also hangs out with characters like Christina, George, and Birdie. And, I mean, just look at the image! In this one, cozy little corner of The Corner is Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Boy, Stellaluna, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, The Grouchy Ladybug, Chrysanthemum, and Dr. Seuss galore. I itch to explore the shop, cuddle up with a children’s classic and some cocoa, and have the title of Storybook Lady. Drawbacks: Fox Books.

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7 Responses to “Top 5 Stores To Work In From A Movie”

  1. Underneath The Elder November 14, 2011 at 7:13 pm #

    1. The Magic Box from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, TV series, I know
    2. Empire Records from Empire Records
    3. Library from The Page Master
    4. Dark Destinations, the comic store from The Lost Boys
    5. …. I will get back to you.

    • CintusSuprimus November 15, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      The Library from The Pagemaster was almost on my list, but David and I ruled out magical locations– perhaps we could do another fantastical list so I can hang out with Fantasy, Horror, and Adventure!

      • Underneath The Elder November 15, 2011 at 10:32 am #

        I theorize that it is not a magical location but that magic happened there (as opposed to working at say, The Prancing Pony… because that world is magical), as is the case in The Magic Box from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I doubly maintain that since there is the possibility that Macaulay Culkin was just in a slippery-floor-fall induced coma.

      • iamhrothgar November 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

        I’m going to agree with Susan. There is just as good of a chance that Macaulay Culkin hit his head too hard. Plus, I used a store from Ghostbusters, so I don’t have much room to talk.

      • CintusSuprimus November 16, 2011 at 7:59 am #

        This changes EVERYTHING!

  2. Cindy Darby November 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    La Chocolaterie Maya would definitely be my top choice!

  3. txstr8 November 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    The bakery from Stanger than Fiction AND the bakery from Run Fatboy Run. I need to open a bakery.

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