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Club Banana
Location: Middleton
First Appearance: Pain King vs. Cleopatra
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Club Banana is a trendy, up-market clothing store which is Kim's favorite place to shop.

Location

Club Banana is one of the store's in Middleton Mall.

Description

Among Kim and her female peers, Club Banana is considered the trendiest place to shop for clothes. However, it is a seldom mentioned fact that both Club Banana and the popular bargain store, Smarty Mart, were owned by the same company. Most of the clothes that are sold in both stores are pretty similar to each other—in fact there were only a few key differences between the two stores:

  • The stores had different logos.
  • Club Banana is much more expensive than Smarty Mart (and carries more designer labels).
  • When it comes to certain products, the two stores may call the colors of their products—for example, a pair of black boots sold at Smarty Mart might be called "onyx" boots at Club Banana.[1]

Since Martin Smarty founded Smarty Mart and still owns the chain, it can be reasonable to assume that he also owns Club Banana.

Kim and her best girlfriend, Monique, meet at Club Banana and are frequent shoppers there, which entitled them to exclusive benefits, such as attending a preview of the Cleopatra's Closet exhibit at the Middleton Art Museum. Kim is also a charter member of the Club Banana Club.[2]

Monique works part-time at Club Banana, eventually being promoted to assistant manager[3], and is the one who helps Kim get her job at Club Banana[4].

Points of Interest

  • Country Club Banana, a far more expensive version of the store, is located in the world's richest mall in Beverly Hills. The store is so expensive that customers must pass a credit card check before they can enter the store.[5]

Events

  • Club Banana briefly featured Kim's original mission wear as a set, known then as KimStyle, which became a very popular clothing trend among Kim's peers.[6]
  • Both Club Banana and Smarty Mart, which had carried the components of Kim's original mission wear for much of the series, eventually discontinued the items, which forced Kim to find a new look.[7] Curiously, this did not at all impact Ron, who continued to appear in his original mission wear beyond that point.
  • Monique inspired Kim to start working at Club Banana, in the hopes that it would inspire Ron to get a part-time job as well.[4]
  • After Monique is promoted to assistant manager, she helps Kim recover chief designer Coco Banana's secret designs, which are stolen by Camille Leon, disguising herself as Kim.[3]
  • In an alternate future timeline, Shego renamed Club Banana as "Club Shego", and replaced all the clothing with green and black outfits based on the aesthetic of her own costume.[8]
  • The fact that Smarty Mart and Club Banana are owned by the same company probably refers to the fact that The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic store chains, which, much like Smarty Mart and Club Banana, sell clothing items that are pretty much identical to each other, with the only real differences being the stores' logos and the prices.

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Trivia

  • Club Banana is an allusion to the clothing stores Banana Republic and Club Monaco, both of which are also trendy, upscale clothing stores.
    • It is possible that its British spin-off equivalents would be Primark, Next or Gap.

Behind the Scenes

Episode Appearances

Season 1
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
118 12 Pain King vs. Cleopatra
119 16 Kimitation Nation
115 21 Low Budget
Season 2
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
201 4 The Ron Factor
224 42 The Full Monkey
223 43 Blush
Season 3
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
305 63 So the Drama
306 64 So the Drama
307 65 So the Drama
Season 4
Production
Number
US Broadcast
Number
Episode
404 67 The Big Job
403 68 Trading Faces
409 69 The Cupid Effect
408 73 Clothes Minded
406 75 Fashion Victim

References

  1. Low Budget
  2. Pain King vs. Cleopatra
  3. a b Fashion Victim
  4. a b The Big Job
  5. Trading Faces
  6. Kimitation Nation
  7. Clothes Minded
  8. A Sitch in Time
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