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Shop idols

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Sometimes it takes just one retailer to unite an entire neighbourhood and restore a sense of old-fashioned community between residents and other shop owners, restaurateurs and civil servants. We’ve found 10 doing just that.

Architecture, Community, Cosmetics, Culture, Fashion, Food & drink, Interior design

1. Vila Viniteca

Wine - Barcelona

Founded 1932

Calle Agullers is one of those forgotten streets in the downtown Born neighbourhood that has visitors cooing covetously up at balconies and groaning greedily through shop windows, and in particular Vila Viniteca’s. For over 75 years the Vila family has run this alimentación selling groceries, essentials and wines to local residents and tradesmen. Five years ago, Quim Vila, current head of the three generation-old business, recognised the popularity of the neighbourhood and in a bid to preserve the ind…


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