Lochrin Buildings’ shops in the 1960s
(This is based on the sketchy memory of myself, my brother and sister).
Starting from the West in Gilmore Place and working to Leven Street.
Murchies Dairy, this was located at the rear of Lochrin Buildings underneath the drying greens. There was a narrow entrance onto Gilmore Place. My mother and aunt occasionally purchased buttermilk from the small office at the entrance.
Sweet shop, called Stuart’s Mixtures – the childrens favourite shop
Hairdresser: Mr Primrose
Gift shop – maybe sold Christmas decorations
Car salesroom: Andrew Downie
PV has pointed out that these showrooms changed hands and became “Motorcycle World” which was owned by Ian Gillan of the Deep Purple rock band.
John Cox and Son Ltd.
MacVitties Guest: Bread and Cakes, the shop manager was Mary, my mother called her “Mary Baker”. The bread she sold us was always “tomorrow’s bread”.
Pistons and Components – the boss, Bill, occasionally had a cup of tea at our house.
Jeweller, WD Harper
Gilchrist, baby linen, may have, originally, been a posh dressmakers run by a very elegant (foreign sounding?) lady who had a semi-circular ‘stage’ for clients to show off their new dresses.
Hyams, Furrier. Mr Hyams was a very distinctive fellow. The shop always looked desolate and unused but occasionally we would see Mr Hyams coming or going.
Newsagent: Mr McQuoid. We’d buy our daily newspaper and comics here. Mr McQuoid wasn’t open on a Sunday so that day’s newspapers came from the newsagent on Tarvit Street. My Favourite comic was “Boy’s World”. Many of the comics were American imports – full of adverts for fascinating things such as “X-ray glasses” with prices in US dollars.
Photographer, William Bryce. We got our black and white films developed and printed here. I know that they hired out powerful projectors for public meetings e.g. Usher Hall.
Laundrette: Craigmillar Coinwash, we think the original name was the Bendix.
Grocer: James Thomson and Sons. This shop had large metal boxes with flaps and metal scoops for flour etc. These would then be measured into paper bags. I have since found that this shop was originally located where the King’s Theatre is now and it moved across the road to Gilmore Place when the King’s was built.
Chemist: Mr Maxwell’s
Boni’s: excellent ice cream but not quite as good as Lucas in Musselburgh. We would be sent out to Boni’s with an empty soda siphon to get a fresh one. They were heavy and I was always fearful that I would drop one. My brother remembers old Mr & Mrs Boni. The shop was taken over by their son.
Baird’s shoe shop. This used to have a shoe fitting fluoroscope. I can remember having it used on me once but my parents wouldn’t allow it after that. The fluoroscope used a radioactive substance!