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I Went Inside A Hot Topic For The First Time In 15 Years

It's changed a lot.

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If you were a ~super edgy~ teen like me, you probably spent the early 2000s lurking around your local mall's Hot Topic.

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In high school, I went through an intense Tori Amos/fairies phase, and I'll have you know that I bought *all* my pewter fairy figurines here.

Hot Topic is very much still in business, but how has it changed since the days of ironic metal lunchboxes and Marilyn Manson tees? I headed to the mall to find out, because I hadn't been in one for like 15 years.

Jess Misener / BF

The exposed brick and sleeker logo definitely give it less of a goth vibe than I remembered. Much more "industrial hipster loft."

Inside, the store was a chaotic mish-mash of synthetic fabric and fandom ephemera.

Jess Misener / BF

This is a table full of Harry Potter stuff surrounded by racks and racks of MORE STUFF. I started to get a little sweaty. I really think this store is laid out to give anyone over 25 an anxiety attack.

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