SETTING THESAURUS

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HELPFUL TIP:

Settings should always be chosen with care. Consider the emotion you want your viewpoint character to feel and how setting choices, weather elements, and symbolism might build a specific mood in the scene, create tension and conflict, or even raise the stakes.
SIGHTS:
Front of the Store:
Checkout stands with black rubber conveyer belts loaded with products
Cash registers
Cashiers ringing up purchases
Baggers loading groceries into plastic bags or recycled bags brought from home
Steam cleaners for rent
Newspaper and magazine displays
A selection of impulse buys (gum, candy, chocolate bars, batteries, mints)
A customer service kiosk
A bank machine
A lotto center
Rows of grocery carts
Stacks of baskets

Specific Departments:
Floral department: readymade bouquets, houseplants and tropical plants, foil balloons, potting soil, fertilizers for house plants, dried arrangements, silk arrangements, decorative pots
Bakery: ovens, gleaming stainless steel counters, cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, doughnuts, bins of bagels and buns, fresh-baked bread, pita breads, flat breads, hot dog and hamburger buns
Deli: stainless steel counters, a scale, meat slicers, smoked ham, salami, baloney, chicken, turkey, fresh sandwiches and salads, deli meat and cheese trays, a glass-covered specialty olive bar, whole chickens roasting in ovens
Meat department: long open coolers with separate sections for beef, chicken, pork, and seafood
Frozen foods: refrigerated cases filled with frozen pizzas, ice cream, French fries, frozen dinners, chicken wings, pie crusts, juices, and biscuits
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