The young Giovanni
THE ECHO’S recent pullout on Giovanni’s restaurants took me back almost 60 years when I sometimes helped out at my father-in-law’s general store in Grangetown.
Known as George’s Model stores, his corner shop in Rutland Street was a block away from Giovanni’s parents’ fish and chip shop. They were a handsome pair, and Giovanni’s mum would often call in for a newspaper or some other item.
Back in those days, my fatherin-law had what was known as the penny box. This contained a variety of sweets and lollipops which sold for – you’ve guessed it – an old penny. Young Johnny and his sister Tina would carefully select the best value for their penny – Johnny’s business acumen was apparent even then! I well remember his smiling face, below a mop of curly hair, barely reaching the counter. His sister worked for a time in Howells store during my short time there, then moved on to Cambrian Airways.
I’m in my eighties now but whenever I pass one of his business ventures, my memories take me back. Gwyn Jones Whitchurch, Cardiff