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Used to be on Tomnahurich Street, IIRC.  I always meant to take a photo, but never had a camera with me.

There used to be a Chinese takeaway in Falkirk - where my wife comes from - called "The Family Way".

And somewhere I have a photo of a sports shoe shop in Nicosia, called "Athlete's Foot".

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On 3/8/2017 at 4:02 PM, snorbens_caleyman said:

Used to be on Tomnahurich Street, IIRC.  I always meant to take a photo, but never had a camera with me.

 

They are still trading now at Harbour Road in the old Frasers Auction Mart.

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2 hours ago, IBM said:

They are still trading now at Harbour Road in the old Frasers Auction Mart.

We bought a wood burning stove from Bonk and manage to to achieve a lovely warm glow reclining on the shag pile carpet in front of it.

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1 hour ago, DoofersDad said:

We bought a wood burning stove from Bonk and manage to to achieve a lovely warm glow reclining on the shag pile carpet in front of it.

Was that "triple double entendre" deliberate? :lol:

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On 21/01/2015 at 6:49 PM, Charles Bannerman said:

Skinners was something of a Royal Academy institution and for decades was very popular for its bakeries, pies etc. At one time I think kids were allowed to sprint down Stephen's Brae to get a mid morning snack at interval. The photo looks as if it might be 1920s and I wonder if the Stephen's Brae sign is the same, now rather battered one that sits above what is now Girvans?

The Skinner family, who also had a baker's in Kenneth St (I think?) were big players in the 5th BBs. Of my generation, but a little older were Mike Skinner and Ian Skinner who I think must have become a geography teacher because I remember him as a student teacher at the Academy in about 1966.

Charles - I was at a family meal on Sunday as my brother, Mike, was up from London and we were talking about the shop when my Uncle Tom had it. He mentioned that he'd seen me posting something about the shops and I had no idea what he was on about but luckily he remembered the website had something to do with Caley Football Club and that rang a bell!  All 4 of us were at the Academy - I can remember you being there when I was so I think Ian & Mike would have passed through its portals by then but you were right - Ian went on to become a geography teacher and had a successful career at Lochaber High School for many years. He has now retired and still lives in Lochaber. 

We did have another shop in Kenneth St (No.79) on the corner of Attadale Road but the Stephens' Brae one was the main one and very popular with the Academy pupils as you so correctly pointed out. I personally haven't found any better cakes than Dad used to make and I loved working in the bakehouse with him but then I suppose I'm slightly biased!!  He took the BBs in the East Church and the Young Brothers and also ran the badminton club - in a different life he would have loved to have been a minister and often did lay preaching, standing in for Donald McFarlane, the minister of the East Church. He also took services in the old Barn church out at Culloden - the original one. 

Sadly Dad died prematurely in 1976 of a heart attack. Mum carried on the business for several years afterwards but eventually sold it to a hairdressers initially then to Girvans. My apologies if I've already posted this - I haven't read the whole thread - but I seem to remember my posts were back in 2012/13 (which is why I couldn't remember them when Mike mentioned it!) and as your post here is 2015 I probably haven't.  Mike had inadvertently come across the postings when doing some research of his own on the shops at the time our great-uncle had them.  That old photo of the Stephen Brae one we think was around 1920ish - Dad's uncle, Tom, had it then - Dad came up to Inverness to work for him then eventually took over the shops when Uncle Tom became too infirm to do so. Tom's daughter, Ray, ran a cafe near the Old High Church end of Church Street - can't remember what it was called but think it started with an S? Strath something maybe?

Now I'm away to search for a post Mike found from someone who said they thought they were related to Tom and Ray which we found really interesting. We think that may be from Tom's wife side of the family whom we know nothing about so I hope I can find out more. 

Hope you are well - loved your books on the Academy - brought back many great memories!

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