An Inside Look at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash
A while back I posted a blog with photos of television and movie sites that I visited when I was on my honeymoon in New York. I mentioned that I had made the voyage to Red Bank, NJ to visit Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash and would post pictures from inside the store. For those that know what the Secret Stash is, you would understand why it is a cool place to visit. For those that don’t know, here is a brief description.
Director Kevin Smith released the low-budget, independent film Clerks in 1994. The film gained mainstream notoriety and became a surprise hit. Smith followed this up with films such as Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Clerks II, Red State, and Clerks II. Along with being a filmmaker, Smith does numerous Q&A sessions and maintains a podcast that he calls SModcast.
With all his endeavors, Smith has also been a very big fan of comics. His movies have many references to comics and feature people in the comic industry. Smith himself has written Daredevil and Green Arrow comics to name a few. All this led to Smith opening up his own comic shop in the quiet town of Red Bank, NJ. The store is manned by Smith’s friends including Walt Flanagan (known to many as Walt and other characters from Smith’s films), Mike Zapcic, and Ming Chen. A store in Los Angeles was also opened but has since shut down. But the Red Bank location is still going strong and is the setting for the AMC reality show Comic Book Men, which features the staff of the store.
The store features a wide variety of comic books that will please all comic readers. Besides the comics, the store has merchandise from Smith’s films and other ventures including, but not limited to, T-Shirts, stickers, inaction figures, and shot glasses. Also featured in the store are props from films and other interested artifacts that cover Smith’s career. The store is an amazing visit for any of Smith’s fan. I was lucky to have went twice and would love to go again. But, without further ado, here are my pics from Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.
QUICK STOP GROCERIES SIGN
This is the sign for Dante’s employer in Clerks and Clerks II. The Quick Stop is infamous in Smith’s films and I was lucky enough to see the actual Quick Stop store in Leonardo, NJ and it is just how I remembered it.
BLUNTMAN AND CHRONIC
The Batman/Star Wars/Marijuana-inspired super heroes were the subject of Banky and Holden’s comic in Chasing Amy and made an on-screen debut in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, battling their arch-nemesis, Cock-Knocker.
Mooby is the character that is the basis for fast-food restaurant of the same name. In Dogma, Bartleby and Loki attack the corporate suites that work for Mooby’s. But the golden cow was front-and-center in Clerks II as it was the place where Dante and Randal worked and was the setting for almost the entire movie.
The Buddy Christ was the Catholic’s answer for trying to update and freshen the religion in the film Dogma. The Cardinal (George Carlin) decided that Jesus on the cross was too depressing and needed to have some pop. And with Buddy Christ he did just that.
GENERIC VIEW INSIDE STORE WITH SMODCAST TABLE
The table seen in Comic Book Men is right there in the store and has microphones on it along with everything else imaginable. You can also get a view of the store as a whole.
SILENT BOB’S WARDROBE
The iconic trench coat and hat worn by Silent Bob is on display. Anytime Smith was playing this character on screen, he always wore this slacker-style outfit. Silent Bob wouldn’t be Silent Bob if he wore a tracksuit right?
That is just a few of the things on display. There is also a Nails Cigarette machine, screenplays, and a particularly demanding letter from a movie studio to Mr. Smith, among many more items. The shop is a must-see for fans but if you do not have the chance to make it up there, I hope I was able to give you a nice glimpse.