SH7882 : Clares, 97-99 Mostyn Street

taken 4 years ago, near to Llandudno, Conwy, Great Britain

Clares, 97-99 Mostyn Street
Clares, 97-99 Mostyn Street
In the early 20th century, these premises were occupied by Arthurs Pioneer Stores. Arthurs was taken over by WS Williams of London House, Llanrwst, who also owned The Loyal Store on the opposite side of Mostyn Street. One of the their features was the variety of serges and tweeds spun at Williams's own factory in Dolgellau. These could be made up into whatever customers required particularly boating, cycling and touring outfits for ladies. WS Williams also sold Mona Bouquet perfume, for which it was the exclusive retailer. This scent delicately perfumed the shop!

For one penny, children visiting the store's 1924 Christmas display were taken by electric lift to a cottage surrounded by dolls and through to Father Christmas's Grotto.

In 1926 the shop was taken over by Robert Clare Baxter SH7882 : Robert Clare Baxter (1883-1950), who rebuilt it as the present Clare's Modern Store. It became a ladies' dressmakers and milliners. Born into a poor family in Runcorn, Robert had a Saturday job in a draper's. One Saturday the owner came in and was impressed to find Robert busily tidying stock. He offered a full-time job as soon as Robert left school. Robert rose to be a buyer and manager for the firm. The owner bequeathed Robert 200 on condition he set up his own business. Departments later included: china, cutlery & glass; kitchenware, electrical goods; fancy goods, furniture and carpets.

After Robert's death, the business was continued by his son Dougie and grandchildren John and Ann. The store still has its cage lift. The Lamson pneumatic device, which whizzed payment by tubes to the cash office and sent back the change, was removed in 2002 when the store was taken over by Ulster Stores Ltd. For old photos of the shop see LinkExternal link

The apostrophe in the original name SH7882 : Clare's with an apostrophe appears to have been dropped from the main signage on the front and the top floor is now a Victorian tearoom. In 2014 the store invested 100,000 in a boutique-style refit and added new brands in an attempt to appeal to a younger customer and future-proof the business. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 May, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 5 September, 2015
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services 
Date (from Tags)
1926  2002 
Person (from Tags)
Robert Clare Baxter 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7818 8242 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:19.4783N 3:49.8278W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SH 7816 8241
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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