Building Blocks (Old Businesses)

Need to put a little history in your writing? Here are some OLD businesses still in operation!

Brooks Brothers, New York: In 1818 Henry Brooks opened his first store; the first American shop dedicated to ready-to-wear fashion.

Taferne, Mandling Village, Austria: The oldest inn in Austria since 1126, has a family atmosphere, comfort and excellent cuisine.

Shreve, Crump & Low, Boston: Since 1796 Shreve, Crump & Low has been selling jewelry and watches.

Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan (西山温泉慶雲館) Japan: A hot spring hotel in Hayakawa, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan was founded in 705. The Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan was officially recognised by the Guinness World Records as the oldest hotel in the world 2011. It has been continuously operated by 52 generations of the same family (including adopted heirs).

Remington, New York: In 1816 Eliphalet Remington II started a rifle-making business. In 1845 Remington negotiated the first firearms contract with the American government, and in 1873 manufactured the world’s first effective typewriter.

White Horse Tavern, Newport, Rhode Island: The White Horse opened in 1673, and you can still go there to eat and drink.

Colgate, New York: In 1806 William Colgate opened a Starch, Soap & Candles business in Manhattan. In 1873 Colgate toothpaste was sold in a jar; and in 1896, it was the first place toothpaste to be sold in a tube.

Jim Beam, Kentucky: In 1795 Jacob Beam sold his first barrel of Old Jake Beam Sour Mash. The company has passed through seven generations and remains in the family.

Crane & Co., Boston: In 1770 Stephen Crane opened his first paper mill five miles south of Boston. Their paper has been used for stationery, government proclamations, stocks and bonds, and American banknotes since.

Tsuen Tea, Uji city, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan: The oldest tea house in the world from 1160, is operated by the 24th generation of the Tsuen family

Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.

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