Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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Halfbakery Outlet Store

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I'm envisioning a shop franchise along the lines of Sharper Image or Hammacher-Schlemmer. The half-croissant on the plate and the 'halfbakery' Impact logo would grace the arch above the entry way.

Once inside, patrons could browse through a large assortment of merchandise, including everything else in this category. The t-shirt and apron would be available, as would the book and a 365-day desk calendar.

Also, the store would stock certain halfbaked items which were baked to be sold there, such as the Gore-Tex™ Mouse, Fake Sleeping Cats, Bog Roll Alarm, and of course, Cream Cheese Rings.

New products would be added as development allowed. Old products would be removed periodically, and would be indicated as such by a small [marked_for_deletion]* sign on the shelf. (*obfuscated to evade the authorities).

Of course there would also be a counter where freshly baked croissants would be served. And you'll never get a penny in your change.

waugsqueke, Sep 01 2002

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       Only if everything is half off.
DrCurry, Sep 01 2002
  

       once inside, you can never find your way out. +1
po, Sep 01 2002
  

       I could sell a pitbull to an three-legged cat - count me in as part of the sales force
thumbwax, Sep 01 2002
  

       A pecentage of sales of items can go to the person who came up with the idea.
Gulherme, Sep 01 2002
  

       Satisfaction guaranteed or we give you the missing half back. Uhhh. no.
reensure, Sep 01 2002
  

       <on purpose title misinterpretation>"Well. I'm sure we can help you, Sir. Here's our popular 110+220+12 volt outlet, and of course the halfbaked, rotation outlet, the cat-safe outlet...what, plugs? Why you'll have to go to the Halfbakery Plug Store across the street."</on purpose title misinterpretation>
FarmerJohn, Sep 01 2002
  

       Wednesdays would, of course, be "Half-Day Closing", a peculiar, rural British (Scottish?) custom of shutting up shop at midday on Wednesday because - well, just because.
Guy Fox, Sep 01 2002
  

       We do that in England still? someone should really tell the shop keepers in my town, don't want them to look stupid.
kaz, Sep 01 2002
  

       They do that in Tarporley, about 10 minutes from here, but I've never come across it anywhere else.
What would your town be then kaz?
NickTheGreat, Sep 02 2002
  

       The main department store in Reading (Heelas) doesn't bother with half days. They simply don't open at all on Monday, and haven't done so for years and years.
PeterSilly, Sep 02 2002
  

       'John Smiths' (UK) is closed on a Monday as well. The simple logic is that its the quietest day of the week.
Jinbish, Sep 02 2002
  

       Monday is market day here in Darlington. Everywhere's open, even on Bank Holidays. Early closing is officially Wednesday, but most shops stay open these days.
angel, Sep 02 2002
  

       Yeah, everybody needs an outlet. Are you proposing a box for rants. Hang on I'll just read the idea.......   

       .....Damn, you're not. I had a really good rant all lined up. Could the shop have an area where half bakers toil on bringing their ideas to full baked status. A bit like the pizza resturants where you get to watch the italian stereotype throwing the dough?
Zircon, Sep 02 2002
  

       Someone should actually bake the 365-day HB calendar.
RayfordSteele, Sep 03 2002
  

       Do any of you work? Ever??
briandamage, Sep 03 2002
  

       Occasionally,
I pretend to woik anyway.
madradish, Sep 03 2002
  

       Pneumatic Hamster Tube Kit.
BinaryCookies, Sep 03 2002
  

       Sofa-Storage-Solution
briandamage, Sep 03 2002
  

       Portable Bernard Bresslaws would be available to hold your place in the cashier queue.
waugsqueke, Sep 03 2002
  

       Nah, a half-baked Farmer's Almanac should have the predictions without the dates. (Just like Nostradamus, really.)
DrCurry, Sep 03 2002
  

       Alternatively it could just have the dates with no predictions. 17 October.
PeterSilly, Sep 03 2002
  

       Er...that would be a calendar, Mr. Silly.
DrCurry, Sep 03 2002
  

       My good doctor, it would only have the dates in it when something is predicted to happen. So the date listed after 17 October may well be 3 February.
PeterSilly, Sep 03 2002
  

       bliss: I wouldn't say that.
PeterSilly: Ah. I have a clock like that.
degroof: a torando - that's like a Gila monster, right?
DrCurry, Sep 03 2002
  

       <smacks Rods>
madradish, Sep 03 2002
  

       Besides liking this idea, I was shocked to read about the closing of stores on Wednesday afternoons. I moved to a small, rural New England town many years ago (which was named after a town in England that I'm sure no one still has ever heard of) but that town closed down everything on Wednesdays for many years! (not only shops, but also the bank and the pharmacy!)
xandram, Nov 08 2012
  

       There needs to be a "members only" area at the back of the store, selling materials vital to halfbakers; BorgCo will be delighted to bid for the "Weapons, Pyrotechnics, Explosives and Sharp Pointy Things" franchise.
8th of 7, Nov 08 2012
  

       [+] Do Halfbakers get discounts? Or at least, do they get discounts on their own half-baked ideas?   

       I'd like to buy a dozen bars of Blond Chocolate, and a Cylindrical Pizza, Two Cups of Coffee (and some Audible Coffee Sweetener to go in them), a bag of Jello Aerogel...   

       Also, I'd like my own private entrance to this store, specifically one with a Pull Only Door.
goldbb, Nov 20 2012
  

       Personally I would pay good money for "Orbital Guppies"
gnomethang, Nov 22 2012
  

       I'd pay good money to see waugsqueke back.
blissmiss, Nov 22 2012
  
      
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