1. Commandante Lemming
    Offline

    Commandante Lemming Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    1,000

    Name this business...

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by Commandante Lemming, May 22, 2014.

    So this is random, and not even part of the setting I'm writing yet - but I'm writing a near-future story set in 2035, and I'm trying to name the business that has replaced Starbucks as the America's leading coffee/tea chain.

    The primary product they serve is "Bubble Espresso" - they cornered the market on both Asian Bubble Tea and iced coffee by being the only chain that put the tapioca bubbles in coffee. Eventually they became a major competitor for Starbucks and more popular among young hipsters. People will hang out there a lot - and my journalist protagonist is going to get a drink there every morning -"Two-Shot Iced Sugar-Free Hazelnut Mocha, Extra Bubbles".

    The story is serious but I want this chain to be a light-hearted tip of the hat to yuppie/hipster culture never changing. Right now I'm calling the chain "Hello Bubbles!" but that sounds too much like "Hello Kitty".
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2014
  2. GingerCoffee
    Offline

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2013
    Messages:
    17,601
    Likes Received:
    5,875
    Location:
    Ralph's side of the island.
    Boba Tet's

    If you use it can I get any royalteas? ;)
     
  3. Commandante Lemming
    Offline

    Commandante Lemming Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    1,000
    LOL Not sure how to give you a cut of coffee sales in an alternate reality...the whole interdimensional transaction thing is a little difficult to work around...
     
  4. Wreybies
    Offline

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    18,834
    Likes Received:
    10,013
    Location:
    Puerto Rico
    You'd be surprised to know how some companies come up with their soon-to-be-iconic names. Your future Starbucks analogue, if it is as successful a company as you plan to make it, should have a name that rolls easily off the tongue. "Hello Bubbles" does not roll easily. "Bubbles" by itself is better. ;)
     
    graphicsmyway likes this.
  5. Mook
    Offline

    Mook New Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2014
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    (Ah, this is where I meant to reply, not a different thread on character names.) Naming businesses in a story is like choosing domain names -- brandable names, as you say. It's difficult. There are sites selling nonsense words for domains, like Brandbucket.com and Shopify.com. Sometimes looking through these can help.
     
  6. Nooshi
    Offline

    Nooshi Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    35
    Likes Received:
    11
    Pop!
    Caffeinato
    Coffee O'Clock
    Bubble Bing
     
    graphicsmyway likes this.
  7. Commandante Lemming
    Offline

    Commandante Lemming Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    1,000
    I think I may call it PaoPao - Singaporean name for bubble tea and it's short. Apparently there is already a chain in Asia called Chatime that does this already, but the coffee there is a side product to the tea.
     
    graphicsmyway likes this.
  8. Commandante Lemming
    Offline

    Commandante Lemming Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    May 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1,241
    Likes Received:
    1,000
    "Pop!" Is good too!
     
  9. stormcat
    Offline

    stormcat Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2014
    Messages:
    393
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Somewhere beyond the sea
    The Korean word for tea is "Cha", so you could name it "Cha Cha Cha!"
     
  10. Mystovation
    Offline

    Mystovation New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2014
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    California
    You should name it something catchy and quick, maybe a play on words.... how bout "Expresso"? It's like express and espresso....brilliant....
     
  11. Chaos Inc.
    Offline

    Chaos Inc. Active Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2014
    Messages:
    180
    Likes Received:
    47
    Location:
    Acolasia
  12. criticalsexualmass
    Offline

    criticalsexualmass Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    60
    Location:
    Kentucky
    I've always wanted to see a coffee store named "Jitters".
     
  13. GingerCoffee
    Offline

    GingerCoffee Web Surfer Girl Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2013
    Messages:
    17,601
    Likes Received:
    5,875
    Location:
    Ralph's side of the island.
    There are dozens of coffee shops named Jitters.
     
  14. criticalsexualmass
    Offline

    criticalsexualmass Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2013
    Messages:
    131
    Likes Received:
    60
    Location:
    Kentucky
    well, there you have it. Chalk my ignorance up to being trapped in a never-ending job in rural Kentucky. I need to get out more.
     
  15. TLK
    Offline

    TLK Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2013
    Messages:
    272
    Likes Received:
    35
    Sorry to burst your bubble (pun definitely intended) but there's already a coffee chain (or some sort of cafe/restaurant chain - I've never actually been in) called PaoPao, there used to be one where I live (though I suppose they may have gone bust...)
     
  16. EdFromNY
    Offline

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    4,681
    Likes Received:
    2,533
    Location:
    Queens, NY
    How about "Ersatz Brothers"?

    Oh, no, wait, Firesign Theater already took that...
     

Share This Page