The corner shops and the local arcades on your housing estate where you could pop in and pick up that last-minute necessity.
Here are 13 reminders of shops from a bygone era but how many do you remember?
Our thanks go to Bill Hawkins of the Sunderland Antiquarian Society who has shared this great selection of images.
If these scenes have whet your appetite for more Wearside history, get along to the Antiquarian Society for more.
The Society’s base in Douro Terrace is open between 9.30am and noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.