Naturally, the retail trade boomed as the town exploded! Flour was $6 a barrel, rice $2 a sack, corn meal four cents a pound, bacon 15 cents. Rib roasts 12 1/2 cents, leg of mutton 15 cents, cod was five cents, salmon 65 cents, smelts 50 cents a bucket.
Nails sold for $4.50 a keg, cross-cut saws, $1 a foot, sad-irons 10 cents each and grindstones four cents a pound.
Seth Tilly carried newspapers from San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Toronto. He even stocked the London News and Graphic! Frank Leslie's Illustrated Paper, Harper's Magazine, Weekly and Bazaar and Gody's Lady Book could also be found at Seth's.
On Water Street, there were 36 considerable buildings - residences, halls, saloons, hotels and stores between Carrall and Cambie. The new Regina Hotel was west of Cambie and that street could boast at having the town's largest structure. The three-storey Carter Hotel. Also on Cambie, the Edinboro Hotel, the Scots Greys and Stag and Pheasant saloons as well as a few stores. Only a few buildings were on Abbott Street at the time. Carrall Street was just behind Water with 29 businesses including the new post office and the Ferguson Block where the CPR and BC Express offices were. Cordova was a residential district.
Hotels and boarding houses were on Hastings Street and Powell was the party street with the Tivoli and Cisne saloons, Fooks Columbia Hall, McLennan and McFeely's tinware and plumbing shop as well as Oppenheimer's store.
Buildings were popping up on Dupont Street (under the present Georgia Viaduct) and on Pender. These were the main concentrations. Completed and half-completed buildings were scattered all over town. Streets-to-be were rutted trails winding through the stumps. The Eagle and Bridge Hotels rose on the south shore of False Creek.
I hope you find the beauty around you.