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Old October 8th, 2008, 03:35 PM
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ok, so me and jayrunner89 were toying with the idea of opening our own hookah bar in ohio and haven't decided on a location or name yet, so i was curious to see what the general public thinks a good name for a bar would be, as well as anything you think would be nice to have in a hookah bar (e.g. a bubble lounge or whatever other crazy ideas you can come up with). there are a few of our current ideas in the post "ohio and hookah" but they're not too solid... just looking for opinions and ideas
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Old October 8th, 2008, 03:38 PM
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All that's coming to mind here is "Smoke Rings"
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:14 PM
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let's upgrade liszt's idea to "the smoking ring"? :>
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:19 PM
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lol... lets get ready to rumble in the smoking ring
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:43 PM
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Oasis.
nuff said. lol
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:49 PM
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oasis... that's actually one i've never even thought of, but it's got kind of a ring to it
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:53 PM
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Oasis is good, not original tho
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:55 PM
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all i want to know is - WHERE IN OHIO!!!!?
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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Temptations
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:08 PM
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haha, i duno, i live in columbus, he lives in the cleveland area, so we were thinking either of those or maybe kent because we have a lot of friends in that area... i guess depending on where there's the most demand
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Taboo.......
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Instead of Ohio and Hookah

why not Hookah in Ohio

or Delicacy Lounge

something exotic
i know of a place in my town called Oasis... nice hookah lounge
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:59 PM
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the ohio smoke house

inst there osu around there?

up in smokers

smoking shisha shop
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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:01 PM
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Or you could call it something with the words Speak Easy in it, since you know us tobacco smokers are clearly ostracized from the rest of civilization =)
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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:54 PM
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club paris
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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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Call it "The Man Hole"
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Paradise Lounge
Shisha Hut
Hooked on Hookah

i dunno those three are the first I thought of
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hahaha, i love it, there's lots of ones i never thought of but they're really good... club paris is kinda biased tho jarod lol

yea, osu's here, but there are already three bars around campus, so we'd be competing with dedicated smokers... it'd be a challenge
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Old October 8th, 2008, 09:09 PM
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how about
"Suck one"
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nirvana hookah lounge

hookah of ohio

ohio hookah company


its gota be a simple name that has a nice ring to it, the local place back home i love is "lazy dayz". there are (were) a few up here by school: saharas, aladins, casa blanca (closed but it was the only good one up here). all the names worked but i dont think they had the ring of lazy dayz
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cafe O
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PERFECT NAME...

NAME IT


HOOKAH PRO
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:19 AM
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nirvana hookah lounge

hookah of ohio

ohio hookah company


its gota be a simple name that has a nice ring to it, the local place back home i love is "lazy dayz". there are (were) a few up here by school: saharas, aladins, casa blanca (closed but it was the only good one up here). all the names worked but i dont think they had the ring of lazy dayz
-matt

i think your near me unless there is another aladins another one near by was naders before he closed down
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Old October 9th, 2008, 01:27 AM
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smoke city
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Old October 9th, 2008, 03:06 AM
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The thing about naming retail stores (from a retailer/brander perspective) is that you want to be identifiable, searchable (SEO is the cat's pajamas) and relatable. Someone walking by when you are open needs to get lured in, get curious when you are closed, and be able to remember the name when telling their friends about it far and away from your brick and mortar. Also if you are opening a shop/bar but sighting down expansion (say shops in Cleveland, Kent and Columbus... hell even Cincinnati) then you need a name that will at the very least transcend the state.

What kind of crowd do you want to appeal to? If you are traditionalists looking to keep the 'old ways' then you want something that will identify with that clientele. If you are looking to market to a younger, collegiate set then pander to that. With that in mind don't pick something that will look dated in five years. Look at all the 'Businessname2000' that are still around for proof of how that can impact how a business is perceived.

Pick a name that says Hookah or Smoke in the title. There's no other way around that one. Make sure no one else has it. Secure the domain name before you incorporate. When you incorporate do not incorporate with the name of the retail store, use something else and add an 'Operating As' to the documentation. That way if you want to split off or franchise down the line it makes it much easier and less costly. I know of a store called Dragon's Den that gets mistaken for a Chinese Food restaurant and gets tons of misdirected calls around dinner time wasting staff resources and money. Now with the Japanese/BBC show it's not getting any easier. so keep that in mind, if your shop name is similar to a Middle Eastern restaurant expect wrong numbers.

Oh one more thing, sticky names are some of the best and alliteration is powerful. I guess that is two things.

That stated here are my suggestions:

Rock and Roll Hookah (if you decide to start in Cleveland and the name will travel well)
High Street Hookah (if you decide to open in Columbus and on said street)
Smoking Coventry (if you are setting up in that area and don't plan to expand)
Oohio Smoke
Ohiookah Smoke
Buckeye Smoke
Coals and Bowls

Good luck on your endeavor!

Note: I know Ohio rather well (former Cleveland resident) let me know when you set up and I'll be sure to pop in when I am there on business next.
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