A century ago, most shopping was a local affair; before the age of cars and chain groceries, you carried your goods home on the streetcar or bought them from the shop down the block.

211 Sunnyside Avenue (now 219 Monterey Blvd). Photo: Amy O'Hair
211 Sunnyside Avenue (now 219 Monterey Blvd). Photo: Amy O’Hair.

Sunnyside had a great many small groceries, located in buildings that often also housed the shop proprietor’s family. There were also other types of shops, including saloons and five-and-dimes. Indexed below are posts on various shops of early twentieth-century Sunnyside.