With the city waving a fond farewell to a number of long-established businesses this year, including Duncanson Edwards pawnbrokers and Henderson’s vegetarian restaurant, we take a close look at 15 local firms that have thrived and survived long enough to earn “institution status” and are still with us after all these years.
1. Hanover Healthfoods, Est. 1904
Opening in 1904 and beating the modern wellness trends by decades, this basement shop on Hanover Street is believed to be the oldest healthfoods shop in the English-speaking world.
Photo: Hanover Healthfoods
2. Napiers, Est. 1860
Founded by the most famous Scots herbalist of the Victorian era, Duncan Napier, this Bristo Place institution hawked its first herbal remedies 160 years ago.
Photo: Lisa Ferguson
3. The Thrift Shop, Est. 1957
Bruntsfield Place is home to the Thrift Shop, which has been supporting leading adoption charity Birthlink since 1957, making it the oldest charity shop in Scotland.
4. The Scotsman, Est. 1817
It's only fair we bang the drum of sister title, The Scotsman. Founded in 1817, the esteemed national newspaper is one of the oldest in the world still in publication.
Photo: Jane Barlow