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Businesses on Mission St. called Tip-Top

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Posted by Vicky Walker on Sunday, March 09, 2008 at 18:39:52 :

I'm researching some of the businesses along Mission in the late 1930s, and have come across a Tip Top Service Station run by B.W. Roberts at 3700 Mission, plus a Tip Top Club (Beer, clams, and sandwiches -- mmmmm!) at 3776 Mission. That bar might actually still exist.

There's also the Tip Top Variety Shop ("featuring Golden State Ice Cream) at 3840 Mission.

Is there any way I can find out whether they're related? (Obviously, "tip-top" was the way to say "super-best" or "cream of the crop" back then, but would there have been so many businesses with the same name?)

Where would I start researching grocery stores etc. in general? (These and others are from a 1938 advertising booklet.)

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