Hot Topic

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I was a fan of the Hot Topic chain of mall stores when I was on the east coast, and when I moved out here, this place was the only one I knew of on the peninsula, and I was happy. It still seems to be the better of the stores I've seen (there are now stores in the Hillsdale Mall and the revamped Shops at Tanforan), with a bit more space and better selection -- though not by much.

This is basically a place to go if you want to look/feel/be "alternative" but are still mainstream enough that you like to cruise malls. Personally, I go for the selection of black t-shirts with witty sayings like "I put the laughter in slaughter" But if I was more fashionable and didn't barf and the thought of dropping $40 on a button-down shirt, I might be inclined to buy more. For women, the selection is much wider (but then, women always seem to have more fashion options), and Hot Topic has actually opened a chain of stores called "Torrid" that specifically stock women's clothing geared at plus sizes (there's one in the Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo, that's quite nice).

The staff are always pleasant and "cool", and dress to match -- try not to freak out when you see a cashier sporting more piercings than Dennis Rodman and more tattoos than Tommy Lee...

I love this store, it's always fun to cruise in and browse. It's a trick, though, not to leave with yet another black t-shirt...

PROS: Alternative fashions, punk/goth/dance/etc, in a convenient location
CONS: Little pricey, limited selection.

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★★★★☆

I was a fan of the Hot Topic chain of mall stores when I was on the east coast, and when I moved out here, this place was the only one I knew of on the peninsula, and I was happy. It still seems to be the better of the stores I've seen (there are now stores in the Hillsdale Mall and the revamped Shops at Tanforan), with a bit more space and better selection -- though not by much.

This is basically a place to go if you want to look/feel/be "alternative" but are still mainstream enough that you like to cruise malls. Personally, I go for the selection of black t-shirts with witty sayings like "I put the laughter in slaughter" But if I was more fashionable and didn't barf and the thought of dropping $40 on a button-down shirt, I might be inclined to buy more. For women, the selection is much wider (but then, women always seem to have more fashion options), and Hot Topic has actually opened a chain of stores called "Torrid" that specifically stock women's clothing geared at plus sizes (there's one in the Hillsdale Mall, San Mateo, that's quite nice).

The staff are always pleasant and "cool", and dress to match -- try not to freak out when you see a cashier sporting more piercings than Dennis Rodman and more tattoos than Tommy Lee...

I love this store, it's always fun to cruise in and browse. It's a trick, though, not to leave with yet another black t-shirt...

PROS: Alternative fashions, punk/goth/dance/etc, in a convenient location
CONS: Little pricey, limited selection.

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