5. Everyday commerce

The river bank takes you back to the shopping streets. In addition to clean water, dinner required bread, butter and milk. In Old Rauma, residents still had farm animals in the 1950s, however, many purchased their food supplies and other necessities from grocery stores, which were rather common in the town.

Old Rauma is still full of shops and stores, which are an important part of the town’s vitality. Kuninkaankatu is packed with shops from end to end. Old Rauma used to have many kinds of stores; in addition to the market square services, there were grocery stores and variety stores where you could find, in addition to bread, butter and milk, also safety pins and cosmetics, among other things. The last grocery store in Old Rauma was a store called Vihriälä. The store was located in Kuninkaankatu 50. The space is currently occupied by the cafeteria Tullin Kaffe. The residents were loyal customers of small shops, despite all. If a child was sent to a store to return a mouldy bread, the store keeper might have responded something like: “it just moulds easily”, or if the bread smelled bad: “the pig house vessels are so damn dirty”.

Many earned their daily _______ from the sea. If a family did not have a cow in the shed anymore, __________ was picked up from the store.

Write the correct word in the poem (4, 5) as well.

kuninkaankatu 1900l alku kylttejä
The city has been a busy place of trade. Old signs are still found around the city.