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Many families dream of having their own successful business. In times like these, it’s becoming rarer and rarer to see family-owned businesses, also known as “mom and pop shops.” Many people nowadays opt for commercialized and franchised businesses, making it more likely for family-owned businesses to fail. However, there are mom and pop shops that have overcome the odds and gained immense popularity. 

Bar Keeper – Los Angeles

It may be hard to find mom and pop shops in the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, but the famous Bar Keeper is well-worth the visit. This classy establishment is a family-owned business that sells vintage barware. Established in 2006, this is a popular place to find impeccable mixology appliances from bar tools, small-batch spirits, glassware, and one-of-a-kind bar accessories. Their collection changes and evolves every week.

Books of Wonder – New York

With so many people ordering their books online or from more well-known bookstores, it’s hard to keep up with the competition. However, Books of Wonder remains New York’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore. It’s been selling books to New Yorkers since 1980, with many falling in love with the scenery and literature of this family-owned store. With books for children of all ages, it also has a world-famous Oz section.

Fantasy Costumes – Chicago

In the heart of the windy city is an interesting shop that has been around since 1965. For over fifty years, Fantasy Costumes of Chicago celebrates Halloween all year round. This store stretches a block long to fit the largest selection of costumes, wigs, rentals, makeup, and much more. Although they are known as a mom and pop shop, they ship costumes nationwide. 

Hero’s Welcome – Vermont

When people think of mom and pop shops, they tend to think of places like Hero’s Welcome in Vermont. On one of the Hero Islands in Lake Champlain, the Tudhope family ran this store from the building for 90 years. Since 1993, the owners in charge now sell a little bit of everything. This classic little shop on an island can be found by “car, bike, horse, ferry, seaplane, kayak, canoe, water skis and even ice skates,” as said by their website.