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  • Charles Stern (c.1836 - 1910)
    Big A” Aaron Cohen, Charles Stern, and “Moe” Levy owned men’s clothing stores Updated from Ancestry Genealogy via brother Myer Stern by SmartCopy : Dec 20 2015, 3:16:04 ...
  • James Barrow (c.1815 - 1866)
    ENGLAND BIRTHS AND CHRISTENINGS, 1538-1975 Name James Barrow Gender Male Christening Date 08 Jun 1815 Christening Place Cadishead, Lancashire, England Father's Name Jonathan Barrow Mother...
  • Vashti Bradish (c.1618 - 1659)
    Robert died between 12 (3) 1657, when his will was written, and 28 (7) 1659, when inventory was taken. Robert married first Mary Unknown. Mary died in Sept 1638 in Braintree or Cambridge. Robert Brad...
  • Abraham Gottheimer (1831 - 1870)
    Marriage 9th May 1914 The Registrar's Office, Mile End Old Town, London Joseph Gotheimer 53 years old Bachelor General dealer of 127 Globe Road - father Abraham Gotheimer, deceased - Slipper maker ...
  • LTC Welcome Ballou Sayles (1813 - 1862)
    Welcome B. Sayles was born in Franklin, Massachusetts on July 12, 1812, the son of Daniel and Olive Ballou Sayles. Young Welcome is recorded as receiving his education in the Bellingham, Massachusett...

"No man of sense ought to be ashamed of being called a shopkeeper" - Napoleon

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Notes

From Researching the history of shops

By the late 17th century England and Wales had about 40,000 shopkeepers, according to the estimate of pioneer statistician Gregory King.

From Jews of Brooklyn

"If today most people consider Jewish candy stores just a place to buy sweets, sixty years ago they were an important element in the social fabric. These places were gathering places, meeting places, centers of the community ..."


From Britain: a History of Shopkeeping, Empire and Racial Tensions

"My interest in the corner shop is personal – my parents’ shop formed the backdrop to my daily life. Growing up, the shop served as my playground, library, kitchen, bus stop, and office, and continues to play a huge part in my experience of that most elusive of concepts – ‘home’."

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A - Z of Shopkeepers and Retailers

Bakers

Barbers

Those who cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair

Booksellers

Butchers

  • Pork Butchers
  • Poulterers

Cheesemongers

Confectioners

Cordwainers

  • Cobblers

Department Stores

Drapers

originally a retailer or wholesaler of cloth mainly for clothing. A draper may also operate as a cloth merchant or a haberdasher.

  • Dressmakers
  • Haberdashers - selling small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons, zips etc.
  • Tailors

Fishmongers

Florists

Grocers

Gunsmiths

those who repair, modifiy, design, or build firearms

Hairdressers

Those who cut or style hair in order to change or maintain a person's image. See Hairdresser

Hardware Stores

Jewellers

Locksmiths

Milliners

Newsagents

Opticians

  • Oculist
  • Optometrist

Pawnbrokers

Lending money on portable security - Lending money on portable security - see History of pawnbroking

Pharmacists

  • Druggists

Post Offices

Restauranteurs

  • Teashops

Tobacconists

Victuallers

Resources