Memories of old Glasgow shops are long and varied but here are a few; A Massey Ltd, which in turn became Massey Lipton's. These were usually bought over by Templeton's, Presto and then Safeway. The name will conjour memories for some!
Wood & Selby at St George's Cross, Cowlairs, St Rollox, St George's and all the other independent Co-op's. I know that Clydebank Co-op remains as an Independent today.
Bayne & Duckett the shoe shops, all over the city as well as Ross' Dairies and many other locally famous stores, such as Ogilvie's at Maryhill Road and Gairbraid Avenue. You would go in and get butter by the pound, patted and wrapped. Butcher's were typically sawdust establishments and the meat tasted better then! Fore Fruits was another wee place on Maryhill Road, its gone too - it was a fruiters. Alex Munro or the Scot's favourite, Galloway's was the big chain of butchers with that sawdust and the carcus hanging!
Galbraiths, Coopers, Coopers- Fine Fare, Lewis's, Arnott and Simpson and Henry Healey. Hoey's now was there not two companies called Hoey's? I think there was a story to that, one was DH and the other was HM or something - I think there was a family split!
Henderson's the funeral directors, independent too. Now there are very few Independent Funeral Directors around, as Jonathan Harvey and T & R O'Brian are now part of the big Dignity Plc chain, with chainstore prices!
Byres Road was an incredible shopping place, with Scotsports in Great George Street and Scot toys on the main road. There was the Savoy restaurant, now McPhee's and the South of Scotland Electricity Board Shop (SSEB) They were all over the place! Gone now too!
Partick was an Alladin's Cave of shopping, everything you needed could be found there, now you get charity shops, banks, and hairdressers, which is no use to a bald man like me!
The Garden's Cafe in Byres Road was my favourite, then there was the Cosy Neuk and of course the Grosvenor and the only survivor, The University Cafe - thank God for the Verrechia family!
I remember going into the all of these stores, to get my Mother's messages, but a saunter in the town on a Saturday always began at the foodcourt of Lewis's where you could sample some of their wares. Just a thought, I remember you could park in the St Enoch - o not that ugly glass thing, but the former railway station that was briefly a car park (where the platforms used to be).
I could go on and on and on - but I will leave you to ponder some of my memories, whilst I suck on a Summer Cream from the Sweetie Jar in Partick!