Not really Hawkins, Indiana, but my local Baskin-Robbins, which was supposed to have been turned into a makeshift Hawkins in anticipation of the upcoming third season of STRANGER THINGS. I was disappointed, as the decorations were miniscule. Perhaps because my local Baskin-Robbins shares space with Dunkin’ Donuts—the two are owned by the same parent company—they did not have the Christmas lights strung up along one wall in representation of the Byers living room, as I have seen in photographs that other Baskin-Robbins locations have done. There was one poster, and only one poster, on the wall, and a display—perched atop their garbage can bin!—showing the stickers, magnet set, and exclusive Funko Steve figure. They didn’t have any of the T-shirts for sale (although all the employees were wearing them). Worst of all, when I asked for the Demogorgon Sundae, they told me the person who was in charge of making the Demogorgon’s head-shaped waffle cups had neglected to do so that day, so they couldn’t give me a Demogorgon Sundae. I was most disappointed. That location has really dropped the ball. Shamey-shamey.
I went ahead and got the Steve Funko figure, though. I found it for a reasonable price amidst all the ridiculous markups.
And concerning STRANGER THINGS’ biggest star, Millie Bobby Brown, have you all seen her anchoring performance in GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS? (If not, you really should.) Perhaps tying with Ken Watanabe, and not counting the monsters, she’s the biggest star in that movie as well. Given her talent, she should have a bright future ahead of her. Just limit your exposure to the corrupting influence of Hollywood, Millie, and you’ll do fine.