Yesterday, my brother and I were tooling around Erie and happened to pop in Big Woody’s just for kicks. We saw the blinking sign advertising Fireworks! Jelly Bellies! Stun Guns! and just couldn’t resist seeing what sort of randomness was housed in the yellow cottage in the shadow of the electric tower alongside the highway.
We weren’t disappointed.
Big Woody’s is an store that sells everything from ninja stars to Milk Duds. It’s like every 12-year-old boy’s dream come true. I bought a “World’s Largest Pixie Stick” and toyed with the idea of purchasing a pink bejeweled tazor. My brother ogled a butterfly knife and a pack of candy cigarettes.
Oddly enough, this sort of shop is actually kind of common in Erie. Not to this extent, but random all the same. When I was growing up, the local diner, Avanti’s, kept machetes in stock along with eggs and sausage. Everyone said it was mafia run, but I don’t know. Seems like people from Erie just have a penchant for all-things-quirky. Myself included. Although the day I buy a battle mace, well, that’ll just be the day…