All Fandoms Welcome! Obsessed with music & pop culture? Come to Hot Topic. The first Hot Topic store opened in November 1989 in Montclair, CA. It has since grown to encompass 650+ stores across the U.S. and Canada, and a bustling online community at hottopic.com and @hottopic on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Hot Topic excels as an inclusive retailer specializing in 100% officially licensed music & pop culture apparel and accessories for our diverse, label-defying customers.