Post by William Hyde Post by James Nicoll
Adventures in Retail! SFF Stories Set in Department Stores
"It Could be You" by Frank Roberts is an SF story set largely in a department store, though the plot concerns a contest that our protagonist almost wins.
Published in Merril's tenth "Year's best SF" contest. Had I not seen the author's name I'd have guessed it was by Pohl, but Roberts was an Australian writer of whom I know nothing else.
S J Perelman co-wrote the book to a Broadway show:
Hollywood filmed it, and used a department store setting.
In the 80s later, a /s/w/i/p/e/ homage was filmed, "Mannequin."
It may be a "bad movie," but a young Kim Catrall is delightful in it.
All of these seemed very ThorneSmithish to me, and TS
did get there first:
...which JDN is familiar with, of course.
I've loved Thorne Smith since I watched "Topper" reruns on TV,
the original Cary Grant film vehicle, and the sequels, as a kid.