As we're at that time of the year when everyone seems to be stocking up for the festive season and booking slots for Christmas food shopping deliveries, this old advert caught my eye. Nisbet's licensed grocer in Upper Largo marketed itself as the place to go all year round "from Christmas to Christmas". The advert emphasises the wines and spirits and the fact that the business is an "agent for W & A Gilbey & Company" which was the retail wine and spirits company run by Walter and Albert Gilbey based in London. Small grocers that were appointed 'Gilbey agents' were not allowed to sell the wines or spirits of any other firrm. Best known for their gin, Gilbey's also owned Scottish whisky-producing distilleries. A long-standing grocery business, the shop was sold in 1922 after the death of George Simpson Nisbet in the January of that year at the age of 58.
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