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Hot Topic is the place to go if you want to get alternative-style clothes, along with music and video games.
All about Hot Topic
Hot Topic is all about all things alternative, whether that's clothing with a punk rock or emo edge or sarcastic t-shirts with clever sayings. A lot of what they sell is inflluenced by trends in rock music, videos games, retro stuff, and current pop culture. They sell clothing as well as accessories, plus stuff like music. You won't be able to get clothes like this at any store in the mall, so if you're looking for something that's a bit different, Hot Topic is a good place to go.
Frequent shoppers can save by checking out deals on their official website, which occasionally offers extra promotions and has a clearance section, too. You can also sign up for the "HT Guest List", their loyalty program that gives you offers like points for every dollar you spend, extra discounts on your birthday and the anniversary of hte day you signed up, and access to sales ahead of the rest of the shoppers. You can also check out their listing on Tiendeo.us for the latest Hot Topic coupons and discounts.
The history of Hot Topic
The very first Hot Topic location was opened in 1988 by Orv Madden. The store quickly grew and found success, and they ended up launching a few other brands as well, including Torrid (plus sized women's clothing), ShockHound (an online store and music site for social networking), and Blackheart Lingerie.
Did you know that Hot Topic sponsors lots of concerts?
Hot Topic is strongly linked with music culture, and the items for sale in its stores usually reflect current music trends, especially when it comes to rock music. For instance, they sold lots of stuff for the nu-metal craze in the early 2000s, and also did a good job of selling emo style fashions when that came into style a bit later.
But apart from selling items, they also sponsor different concerts and music tours. Some of the biggest ones include Ozzfest in 2004, Sounds of the Underground from 2005 to 2007, Taste of Chaos in 2008, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2008 and 2009, Black Veil Brides & Falling in Reverse's Black Mass Tour in 2014
We expect to see a lot more music concert and festivals in the future from Hot Topic! 40% of their revenue is from official band tees, which are often exclusively sold at the store.