“Opening Hours”

In the previous post (piece of kit), I promised to feature another Nancy Friedman find. It’s “Opening Hours,” capitalized because it’s what you see on the signs of retail establishments in the U.K., indicating what U.S. stores would announce, simply, as “Hours.”

Nancy sent along a link to a profoundly twee-seeming San Francisco establishment called MAAS & Stacks, which describes itself as “a purveyor of classic pieces with modern tailoring. Inspired by the simplicity of a well-constructed garment, the store aims to present customers with a curated selection of everyday wears.” Their opening hours don’t commence till noon on weekdays; I guess they need extra time for curating.

In these parts, two examples constitute a trend, so I offer this, also from a posh West Coast outfit:

8 responses to ““Opening Hours”

  1. MAAS & Stacks blows the whole snooty-Brit deal by misspelling “wares.”

    (Thanks for the link!)

  2. Twee is too right. Raising tweeness to higher and higher platitudes.

  3. The Getty example is maddeningly illogical. Not only are they announcing their closing hours along with their opening hours, they’re emphasizing them. If you were still taking votes, the Over the Top option would be inadequate. My vote would be Off the Scale…WAY off the scale. If I lived in California, I’d probably hold a Getty Museum membership (I assume such exist, since every other museum I know has them), and as a member, I’d be flaming a complaint to them about this.

  4. “Opening hours” is another one that doesn’t seem that unusual or markedly British to me. Let us know if you spot any American uses of “early doors” – that one’s distinctly British, and even there seems only to be used in certain specific contexts.

  5. @ Hal Hall: Opening hours are the hours when the premises are open. Therefore it is necessary to have both the tie of opening *and* the time of closing. This is not illogical, nor is the Getty sign.

  6. It is a problem with the flow.
    The timeable should follow the title “Opening Hours” and it ought to include the Friday hours too. The note that highlights changes to the previous timetable should be placed after the timetable.
    Just sayin’

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