I read with interest recently that Valerio’s cafe (Mickeys) sold cigars and cigarettes and “due to them owning the building in Stonefield Road throughout the 20th Century, constricted the sale of cigars and cigarettes in the adjoining newsagents.“
I’d just like to point out that thats completely wrong and wasn’t the case. Not only did Valerio & Co rent the building from 1906 (not own) from the Hamilton Savings Investment & Building Society, they had absolutely NO control over the adjoining or indeed any other traders and of course, didn’t impose rules on others.
Take nearby Benhams shop for example. I have a really clear photo of Benhams window at 11 Stonefield Road taken nearly 100 years ago in 1921. Benham’s was a tobacconist hardware agent, and confectioner, directly in competition with Valerio just a few doors up. Not only did Benhams sell cigars and tobacco, so did the adjacent shop and most definitely were in competition with nearby Valerio’s cafe.
One of the pictures here shows a replace window with tobacco products instead of confectionery. Another photo shows leather satchels and bags hanging up high above the reach of customers, showing off the goods available.
The full history of every business and building on Stonefield Road is coming to the site later in 2018.
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