It’s easy to bag on stuff. It’s difficult to lay out what you like because you’re vulnerable. You’re sharing a part of you, which is what we do here at TTDPHX to inspire everyone, anyone, to do what you love, to try what intrigues you.
This article isn’t that. And I’m sorry. Maybe it’s because of expectations and disappointment, but it’s not. It was just bad. It was The Secret Village.
I mean it sounds cool, like a little themed burg of curio shops with antiques and bygone knick knacks. But it wasn’t that, it wasn’t that at all. I won’t disclose the location of The Secret Village except to say it’s on east Indian School. It’s a compound, complete with foreboding gate, of pink-orange metal(?) buildings that would look more at home in a small town than on the way to Arcadia. Oh no, I’ve said too much.
There’s no way to sugar coat it. The gender stereotyping begins with a large Comics Sans sign: Miserable Men Corral Here. Ugh. So you escape the eye burning of the horseshoe of buildings by going in to one, only to be stopped by an ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOS TAKEN sign. What? Why? Oh wait, I know why.
Everything’s filled with new useless crap that no one needs and wouldn’t sell in an outlet mall. From kitchen gadgets and gourmet bleh in jars to strange books and stripper decor. Think random thing plus dated ‘witty’ saying and you’ve got 90% of the products.
Inside is where the gender stereotyping shifts into high gear (sorry, women, manly metaphor, you wouldn’t understand). A man cave? Didn’t those die with the recession when idiots with oversized houses with turrets had their boats and Rhinos repossessed? Then a book section for men filled with drunkenness, guns, and fishing. Everything a man needs to know.
But it’s not just gender stereotypes. Let’s top it off with some cultural stereotypes. Drunk Irishman shirt next to the ‘My Indian Name is Blah Blah Injun’ shirt. It’s just offensive.
Sorry, it’s bad. I feel bad. But the more I write the more offended I become. It’s not worth your money, it’s not worth your time, and it’s out of place in a metropolitan society. I urge the the positive parts of the Village to find and maybe collaborate on smaller spaces. You can be modern and you can add value to the broader village. It’s not easy, but neither is a slow death.