When I found out a year or so ago that Husson's Pizza
was finally opened a Huntington location, I was as giddy as a 13 year old girl at a Justin Timberlake meet 'n greet. You see, when I was a child, one of the highlights of visiting my godparents in Charleston was getting to eat a few slices of Husson's goodness from one of their ginormous pies, as my godmother is a Lebanese-American and was and is prone to supporting the Husson family, as they all are members of the same Orthodox congregation in Chucktown.
Before expanding into the Huntington market, many folks in the Tristate probably knew of the place for their light-hearted commercials on TV.
The current batch continue in the tradition. They tend to focus on the adventures of an attractive young couple from Teays Valley (well, its the Teays Valley location that is always in the commercials, so I'll assume that is where they live).
Most of the time, the two are in a hurry or are busy, but a quick trip to Husson's somehow saves the day (Husson's free broadband allows her to work while she eats, they don't have to make food for visiting comapny, it shuts up the unruly brats that she is baby sitting, etc.). All of these commercials are uber-corny but somehow rather entertaining and effective. Yes, the acting ain't great (the guy is better than the woman, for what it is worth) and the production value is exactly what you would expect for a TV market that is anchored by two cities of 50,000 people each. That being said, the point of the ads is never forgotten (like those damn ads with the pink-haired cartoon spy
) and the product is displayed in an appealing manner.
One notable installment breaks from the traditional cannon of previous and future adverts, however. It this alterna-verse, the young man is not in a relationship with the woman (or any woman at all). However, he is out for a walk and happens upon Husson's in Teays Valley (oddly enough, that portion of Teays Valley Road is one of the least pedestrian-friendly locations in all of Greater Charleston). Well, as a reward for choosing Husson's, three girls (including his regular squeeze) are all over ol' boy; seductively feeding him pizza and giving him sips of Pepsi. He appears to be well on his way to some hot "three chicks, one stick" action, all thanks to Husson's Pizza. That sort of promise is usually only found in commercials for beer and body sprays.
Overall, I'd have to say that Husson's commercials are a lot like their pizza: pretty good and extra cheesy..
Labels: Charleston, Commercials, Food, Huntington, Husson's Pizza, Pizza, Teays Valley, TV