reply to post by cheesy
It can't be a mall, it was a market that was organised enough to be at a permanent location
It could be a strip mall. I say this after looking at the pictures.
I wonder which one was the "Convenience" store? There are always at least one in strip malls.
I dunno, I struggle to see them being people that would be competing with each other for sales with trying to get people to enter with advertising, it
must've been a community of merchants that made a permanent location. Which isn't the definition of a "shopping mall"
It could be also called a Market. Pretty much the same thing if you think about it. The advertising angle though made me think. We know that the
Brothels in ancient Greece did indeed advertise. But I wonder how the rest of the businesses got word out about their wares?
Were there billboards back then, but were to frail to stand the test of time?
I'd imagine paper and ink would have been too valuable to use for mass advertising.
But imagine what the shops would have been;
greengrocers, butchers, poulterers, fishmongers, iron-mongers, seamstress, ironsmith/weapons-monger, bakery, chemists/makeup, arts/crafts, hair salon,
barbers, cafe (water/hot drinks, light snacks), bar (beer), restaurant, inn/hotel, masseurs, doctors, dentists, temple/shrines, toy shops, health
foods, chiropractors, gym and training, weapon-smiths, armor stores, fashion shops, raw materials like iron ore and fabrics, cooking fuel, carpets
shops, furniture, carpenters, joiners, builders, roof-repairs, construction materials, pets and animals, legal advice/lawyers, accountants, tax
collector, police, lost property, taxi service.
And they wouldn't have had telephones, so would have had to be staffed all day by the family.