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  • Abraham Riley Stichler (1857 - 1920)
    BUTLER - A.R. STICHLER died at his home near Perrysville Monday night after a lingering illness with cancer. Mr. Stichler was a former resident and merchant of Butler for many years. In his younger day...
  • Samuel Wesley Harden, Jr. (1845 - 1923)
    Married Mary E Fast on March 22, 1866 in Marion County, WV (his occupation is farmer on the marriage record, but later it is storekeeper on his death certificate.) WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF H...
  • Isham Goddin (1760 - 1824)
    Isham Goddin , a militiaman from New Kent County, acquired a small shop in Williamsburg, Virginia for ₤200 in 1778. He sold the plot in 1783 for £90 and returned to New Kent County. His losses were ind...
  • Thomas Gardner, of Salem (c.1614 - bef.1682)
    Thomas Gardner born say 1614, of Dorchester, Dorset, England died before 29:9:1682 (29 Nov 1682) Salem, Essex, Massachusetts (per Moriarity) Parents: Thomas Gardner (d 1674) & his unknown 1st w...
  • Colonel John Page (bef.1628 - 1692)
    Colonel John Page (December 26, 1628 – January 23, 1692), a merchant in Middle Plantation on the Virginia Peninsula, was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and the Council of the Virginia Colo...

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

This is a global project - everyone is invited to add their retailing ancestors to this project (profiles must be set to public). Project collaborators, feel free to update the project description, adding notes, documents, images, resources ... and inviting more collaborators.

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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



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



  • Pork Butchers
  • Poulterers




  • Cobblers

Department Stores


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





those who repair, modifiy, design, or build firearms


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

Hardware Stores






  • Oculist
  • Optometrist


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


  • Druggists

Post Offices


  • Teashops