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2nd Dec '16 1:08:07 PM ashlay
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* Throughout the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series, there's a place called the Velvet Room. The long-nosed man who runs it, Igor, can fuse Personae together for you. Only the main character can even see its door, and it appears in the strangest places, such as [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} under the stairs of a karaoke bar]], or [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} in the back of a limo]].

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* Throughout the ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' series, there's a place called the Velvet Room. The long-nosed man who runs it, Igor, can fuse Personae together for you. Only the main character can even see its door, and it appears in the strangest places, such as [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} under the stairs of a karaoke bar]], or [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} next to a book small town bookstore]], or [[VideoGame/{{Persona 5}} down a side street in the back of a limo]].shopping district]].
12th Oct '16 4:53:03 PM ZombieAladdin
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* Food trucks, of course, work in this way, designed to quickly pack up, move elsewhere, and set back up in another location. Though depending on the city and its laws, they may be able to visit ''multiple'' places in one day. Subverted if you prefer--it's standard for food trucks to have social media accounts telling everyone where they're going so fans can follow them (or, if they're not bound to a particular area, know when they're coming back).
11th Oct '16 10:40:30 PM PaulA
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* This is the entire premise for the ''Literature/MagicShop'' series of books by Creator/BruceCoville, where children buy powerful magical relics from a magical shop like this, usually ones that teach them AnAesop.
** ''Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher'' has the title character buying a dragon's egg from the magic shop, which he then finds out he has to hatch. (Actually, the egg chose him. Dragons apparently have the power to attract their own prenatal egg-sitters.)
** In ''Jennifer Murdley's Toad'', a girl enters the shop and ends up buying a pet toad. The shop owner didn't warn her that said toad could talk, and was not only a smartass, but also had a bounty on its head -- or more accurately, ''in'' its head.
** In ''Juliet Dove, Queen of Love'', an extremely shy girl named Juliet goes into the store, but instead of the old man we have come to expect, a strange woman gives her a necklace - which can't be removed. It's the amulet once owned by Helen of Troy, and has the same effect on all the boys in Juliet's class...
** In a short story in one of Bruce Coville's "Book Of" anthologies, a young man who expresses interest in the metamorphosis stage trick (where the magician switches places with his assistant) and is given a bag and an instruction manual. The instructions say to sleep in the bag every night over a certain period, and when he complies, he starts to grow wings. This story is actually one of the few times where what the character wants from the shop more or less matches up with what the character needs, because he happens to live with an extremely abusive uncle...
*** It's called "Elives' Magic Shop", incidentally, on account of the proprietor being a man named Elives. The Aesop behind each item tends to be that they've been given what they want, but it's been subverted in a way that teaches them what they need.

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* This is the entire premise for the ''Literature/MagicShop'' series of books by Creator/BruceCoville, where children buy powerful magical relics from a magical shop like this, usually ones that teach them AnAesop.
AnAesop. It's called "Elives' Magic Shop", incidentally, on account of the proprietor being a man named Elives. The Aesop behind each item tends to be that they've been given what they want, but it's been subverted in a way that teaches them what they need.
** ''Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher'' ''Literature/JeremyThatcherDragonHatcher'' has the title character buying a dragon's egg from the magic shop, which he then finds out he has to hatch. (Actually, the egg chose him. Dragons apparently have the power to attract their own prenatal egg-sitters.)
** In ''Jennifer Murdley's Toad'', ''Literature/JenniferMurdleysToad'', a girl enters the shop and ends up buying a pet toad. The shop owner didn't warn her that said toad could talk, and was not only a smartass, but also had a bounty on its head -- or more accurately, ''in'' its head.
** In ''Juliet Dove, Queen of Love'', ''Literature/JulietDoveQueenOfLove'', an extremely shy girl named Juliet goes into the store, but instead of the old man we have come to expect, a strange woman gives her a necklace - -- which can't be removed. It's the amulet once owned by Helen of Troy, and has the same effect on all the boys in Juliet's class...
** In a the short story in one "The Metamorphosis of Bruce Coville's "Book Of" anthologies, Justin Jones", a young man who expresses interest in the metamorphosis stage trick (where the magician switches places with his assistant) and is given a bag and an instruction manual. The instructions say to sleep in the bag every night over a certain period, and when he complies, he starts to grow wings. This story is actually one of the few times where what the character wants from the shop more or less matches up with what the character needs, because he happens to live with an extremely abusive uncle...
*** It's called "Elives' Magic Shop", incidentally, on account of the proprietor being a man named Elives. The Aesop behind each item tends to be that they've been given what they want, but it's been subverted in a way that teaches them what they need.
uncle...
9th Oct '16 4:32:01 AM RossN
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* The plot of the 2016 GenderBender comedy ''Film/{{Sam}}'' is set up by one of these. Sam, the HandsomeLech protagonist stumbles across 'Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe' and the shopkeeper decides to teach him a lesson after hearing Sam's less than positive views on women. The shopkeeper offers Sam some 'tea', Sam leaves and the next morning wakes up in a female body.
3rd Oct '16 6:39:14 PM Nightsky
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* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Another place to get your esoteric shopping done, but it's rarely even ''accessible'' to mundanes as they are not the clientele that the Shop seems to prefer.

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* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Another place to get your esoteric shopping done, but it's rarely even ''accessible'' to mundanes as they mundanes--who are not the clientele that the Shop seems to prefer.
20th Sep '16 3:00:12 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''The Black Emporium'' from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', run by the immortal Xenon the Antiquarian. Only those personally invited are able to find the shop, however Xenon warns if they decide to get rid of the charm he gave them, they will be rendered unable to do so, ''even if they already know where it is''.
** It should be noted, this is actually impossible to do in-game.
** It should also be noted that the Templars do occasionally manage to make their way to the shop with the intent of burning it down and destroying the many odd and dangerous items inside (it's never clarified if they're led there by a current customer or stumble across it on their own). What actually winds up happening is Templars being squashed flat by golems.

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* ''The Black Emporium'' from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', run by the immortal Xenon the Antiquarian. Only those personally invited are able to find the shop, however Xenon warns if they decide to get rid of the charm he gave them, they will be rendered unable to do so, ''even if they already know where it is''.
** It should
is''. (Fortunately in terms of game mechanics the "charm" is not an actual item and cannot be noted, this is actually lost or disposed of, so it's impossible to do in-game.
lose access to the Black Emporium this way.)
** It should also be noted that the Templars do ''do'' occasionally manage to make their way to the shop with the intent of burning it down and destroying the many odd and dangerous items inside (it's never clarified if they're led there by a current customer or stumble across it on their own). What actually winds up happening is Templars being squashed flat by golems.
5th Sep '16 9:16:04 PM tytoman
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. Richard can't find the store he bought a turtle from... because it was actually a van.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. Richard can't find the store he bought a turtle from... because it was actually a van. [[DoubleSubverted On the other hand]], the owner of that van sells a number of mysterious and sometimes dangerous things, including that same turtle (which is a NighInvulnerable biting machine), a reality-warping universal remote, and [[spoiler:Darwin (before he grew legs)]].
21st Jul '16 2:59:27 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Deadly Quicksilver Lies]]'', Garrett exits the witch Handsome's shop without asking her a question he should've. He immediately turns back, but the shop entrance has vanished. Being GenreSavvy, Garrett isn't surprised, figuring it serves him right to be denied a second chance to ask.

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* In ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Deadly Quicksilver Lies]]'', Garrett exits the witch Handsome's shop without asking her a question he should've. He immediately turns back, but the shop entrance has vanished. Being GenreSavvy, Garrett isn't surprised, figuring it serves him right to be denied a second chance to ask.



* Deconstructed, along with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Be Careful What You Wish For]], in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes". Summer got a part-time job at a newly-opened vintage thrift store called Literature/NeedfulThings, run by an eccentric gentleman who always knows what his customers desire. [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Rick immediately figures out]] that Mr. Needful is actually the devil, who gives him a golden microscope with a curse that would have made him stupid. Rick is able to use his mad science to figure out how to detect, analyze, and counteract curses, and he opens up his own store across the street where he removes curses, leaving the items with just their beneficial magic. For instance, an aftershave that makes a man irresistible to women, but also leaves him impotent? Rick pairs it with a cure for impotence. Rick makes a ton of money, and Mr. Needful is so humiliated that Summer has to talk him out of suicide.]]

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* Deconstructed, along with [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor Be Careful What You Wish For]], in the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes". Summer got a part-time job at a newly-opened vintage thrift store called Literature/NeedfulThings, run by an eccentric gentleman who always knows what his customers desire. [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Rick [[spoiler:Rick immediately figures out]] out that Mr. Needful is actually the devil, who gives him a golden microscope with a curse that would have made him stupid. Rick is able to use his mad science to figure out how to detect, analyze, and counteract curses, and he opens up his own store across the street where he removes curses, leaving the items with just their beneficial magic. For instance, an aftershave that makes a man irresistible to women, but also leaves him impotent? Rick pairs it with a cure for impotence. Rick makes a ton of money, and Mr. Needful is so humiliated that Summer has to talk him out of suicide.]]
25th Jun '16 10:42:10 AM BiffJr
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* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Another place to get your esoteric shopping done, but it's rarely even ''accessible'' to mundanes: the clientele that the Shop seems to prefer.

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* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Another place to get your esoteric shopping done, but it's rarely even ''accessible'' to mundanes: mundanes as they are not the clientele that the Shop seems to prefer.
10th Jun '16 8:33:04 AM lampshadeortriangle
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** Another example common in America: within a week of New Year's and the Fourth of July, in the rural areas of the Great Plains, there will suddenly be a massive number of tiny wooden booths set up in cornfields by the roadside, where you can buy any number of supposedly legally obtained fireworks over the counter from someone who always appears to be either a mechanic or a farmhand. After a week (if not exactly, then almost so), they will disappear without a trace. Occasionally, if you're very lucky, you can see the dark, faded, carved-out husk of one of these little shops of joy standing empty in the middle of a cornfield in August, looking [[SarcasmMode perfectly jolly.]]
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