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Our Distinguished History - TWIGGS & CO.

The surname Twigg is derived from an Old English pre 7th Century word "Twigge" meaning Twigg or Shoot, it was used as a nickname for a very thin person, since the word only occurs late in the old English period and was initially confined to northern dialects it may be a borrowing from the Old Norse. The surname is first recorded toward the end of the 13th Century (see below). Devonshire Church Records show variations of Twigg i.e. Twigges and Twiggs. In the same location as the current Twiggs location on Main Street, existed TWIGG BROS, a men's clothing store. The gold sign below our bar is from the original establishment. Below is an excerpt from a local newspaper describing their store.

RICHARDSON, TWIGG & CO., Dry Goods, etc., No. 148 Main Street.

This representative house was opened by the present firm in 1889, and is not only a splendid monument to the intelligent enterprise of its proprietors, but it is one of those houses whose great and honorable success reflects luster upon the name of St. Albans as a growing mercantile center. The business premises comprise two floors 25 x 125 feet each, elegantly fitted up with electric lights, steam heat, the Lamson cash carrier system, and every known convenience for the manipulation and display of the large .and valuable stock that is constantly carried.
The premises are divided into appropriate departments, each in charge of competent •clerks, thus securing the most satisfactory service. In dress goods Ss shown the latest shades and patterns in black and colored silks, satins, velvets and velveteens, ottomans, Rhadamaux, cashmeres and prints; while other lines include blankets, flannels and house-keeping goods; linens, ginghams and white goods; hosiery, gloves, and underwear; corsets, bustles and dress trimmings; laces, ribbons and embroideries; notions, fancy goods and small wares in great variety and profusion.
The cloak department, to which special attention is given by this firm, is a striking instance of the willingness of the public to co-operate with the merchants whose endeavors are directed toward supplying their patrons with the best and latest in the market, and at the very lowest prices consistent with the ideas of modern merchandising. Planted but a short year ago, this little acorn has grown to a tall, sturdy oak. The soil of public favor has been fertile in the extreme, and to-day this department, has outgrown in size and trade that of any other store in this section of the country. This success has arisen from various causes, among which may be named the ability of the firm to buy for cash in all markets, and their enterprise in securing novelties as fast as they appear.
Their garments this season are far above the average both tor style, variety and cheapness, and they embrace the most valuable fur cloaks, sealskin sacques, plush and fur-lined newmarkets, tight-fitting ulsters, directoire, raglans, peasant coats, cloth and plush wraps, cloth and plush Modjeskas, cloth and plush jackets, Jerseys and Jersey waists, childrens' and infants' cloaks, and the latest fur novelties. Nothing has been too fine or fashionable for Messrs. Richardson, Twigg & Co. to buy and the ladies of St. Albans have an opportunity this season of making their selections from a stock second to few displayed by the largest, houses in New York and Boston.
The carpet department is brilliant and dazzling in its display of bright colors and handsome effects, in the newest patterns of Wiltons Moquettes, Axminsters, Brussels, tapestries and ingrains; while the assortments also include linoleums, floor and table oil cloths, linen, damasks, paper hangings, curtain materials, window shades, draperies, rugs and mattings. The business is conducted at both wholesale and retail. The members of the firm are Messrs. A. S. Richardson, G. P. Twigg and J. B. Kavanaugh, all of whom are native Vermonters, experienced and talented merchauts.