FOR generations of Tiverton men, when it came to buying the latest threads, a visit to Soundy's outfitters was a must.
For more than a century, Soundy Clothing Co was a well known retailer in Tiverton's Gold Street.
Since its closure in 2006, life has moved on for Mike Soundy, 50, who is now a professional musician.
Memories of his former business came flooding back when he spotted a photograph of his grandfather, David Clark, and great aunts in the August 27 edition of the Gazette.
The photograph is taken from an advert for the shop when it was known as Soundy & Son and shows the three children squeezed into one suit.
"I think the picture must have been taken in about 1910 because my grandfather passed away in 1971 when he was 71 and he looks about 10 in the picture," said Mr Soundy.
"I haven't seen the picture in a very long time so it was nice to see it in the paper."
The shop first opened at 27 Gold Street in 1900 by Mike's great grandfather Josiah Alfred Soundy. He moved his family down from Wiltshire, where he was managing a clothes shop called Lucas & Foot, to Tiverton. He opened the small premises, which was just 500 square foot, and offered menswear, boyswear and hats.
He eventually expanded the tiny shop after he bought the next door premises and also expanded the site at the back.
It was then passed on to Mike's grandfather David, who ran it for forty years before his father,
"It was a traditional old suit and tailoring shop up until the mid eighties when I took it over from my father who was seriously ill."
When his father John passed away in 1986, Mike decided to bring the shop a bit more up-to-date with the times, transforming the shop to sell more jeans including some of the big denim makes of the time including Levis and Lee.
In the 2000s he began stocking surf wear, which became popular at the time, before deciding to shut up shop for good seven years ago.
"I could see the way retailing was going and the internet was starting to take off. We lasted 106 years and you don't often get businesses that last that long," he added.
Mike said: "Everything comes to an end and I do miss the people that used to come in because we did have some really good customers."
The former Soundy's site has remained empty since it's closure six years ago.