Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash (sometimes shortened to simply The Stash) is a comic book store owned by filmmaker Kevin Smith, and named after the fictional duo portrayed by Smith and Jason Mewes in Smith's View Askewniverse films. Merchandise includes comic books, comic-related merchandise, and View Askew film-related items (e.g., apparel, action figures, posters, etc.). The store is located at 35 Broad Street in Red Bank, New Jersey.
- From Clerks
- From Mallrats
- From Chasing Amy
- From Dogma
- From Good Will Hunting
- Appearances in media
The store is the setting for the reality television show Comic Book Men, and where the podcasts Tell 'Em Steve-Dave! and I Sell Comics are recorded, as well as select episodes of SModcast and Highlands: A Peephole History.
The original Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash began as a small comic book store in Red Bank, New Jersey called Comicology. It was where Kevin Smith began purchasing his comics in approximately 1995-96, and as seen on the DVD for Chasing Amy, appears in the first deleted scene of that film. When Smith learned the owner was permanently closing the store and moving to Taiwan, he expressed interest in purchasing the store for its back stock and client list. He bought it for $30,000 USD, using the money he earned from Clerks, and took it over in January 1997, putting his friend and colleague Walt Flanagan, whom he characterizes as "our resident comics genius", in charge of running the store. The store was repainted, filled with some film props, and its facade outfitted with a logo designed by Smith's friend Scott Mosier. The store was rechristened Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, after the two characters played by Smith and Jason Mewes in Smith's films. According to Smith, the store attracted not only the typical local customers, but also those from other states, countries and continents. Feeling that such visitors deserved a less mediocre store to travel to, Smith moved the store two years later to a 4,000 square foot location and had his production designer on Chasing Amy and Dogma to help design the store's appearance, and filled it with every prop and artwork possible from Smith's films, such as the Bluntman and Chronic pages from Chasing Amy that had been drawn by Matt Brundage and Mike Allred and the Buddy Christ statue from Dogma. A new logo for the store was designed by comics writer/artist Matt Wagner. Smith had the film crews from Mallrats and Chasing Amy, who spent two weeks renovating the location. The store opened March 6, 1999 with a gala "Stash Bash". at 35 Broad Street, A change jar by the cash register has collected money for Operation Kindness, a local animal shelter championed by Smith's mother.
A second Secret Stash in the Westwood area of Los Angeles was opened in September 2004 and was managed by long-time associate Bryan Johnson, who has appeared in Smith's films as Steve-Dave. It closed on October 10, 2007. The store relocated inside the Laser Blazer DVD retailer in Los Angeles, California. The Stash at Laser Blazer closed on January 11, 2009. Laser Blazer remained open and used the area for Blu-ray Discs.
Various props and memorabilia from Smith's films have decorated the Red Bank store. Among them:
From Chasing Amy
From Good Will Hunting
Appearances in media
The Stash has been a notable location for owner Kevin Smith to shoot scenes for some of his View Askew films. It first appeared (while still known as Comicology) in a deleted scene from Chasing Amy as Steve-Dave and Fan Boy's comic book store.
It saw more prominence in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back as Brodie's Secret Stash, a comic store owned by Mallrats character Brodie Bruce (Jason Lee).
The store is the setting of the reality television series Comic Book Men, which premiered in February 2012.