Bishopthorpe Road shops
The shops in Bishopthorpe Road have a long history. Johnson & Elson's was a very familiar shop until the 1990s, with high quality fresh meat, game and poultry, frozen foods, cooked meats and delicatessen.
Some have carried out the same type of business for over 100 years, such as the butcher’s and the fruit shop (Fruitique). There has been a fish shop since 1911, and the chemist (formerly Sherwin’s) dates from 1901.
Many were private houses, for example Pextons appears to have been private till around 1921, when it was listed as Watson’s cycle repairers. It became Pextons (cycles and radio) in 1935, then changed to hardware in 1953.
There were two Chinese laundries in the 1930s (2a Cycle Heaven and 8 Rainbow House).
We can see the development of multiple chains owned by large companies, such as Meadow Dairy (Age UK shop), and Eastman’s Butchers, which later became Dewhurst (Lal Quila). Interestingly in 1970s this shop was a second-hand dealer listed curiously as Whatmuff Junkit, Goodgrott and Bloggs.
If you go back to Our Shopping History you will find blog posts which provide more information about many of the shops.