Bryan married Eileen Keane from Colmanswell in 1936 and, along with their family, expanded the shop’s offerings. Like many shops of its time, a trip to Geary’s could get you anything from a thimble to a tractor!
They sold Calor gas, coal, boots, shoes, wellingtons, socks, bicycle lamps, nails, shoe leather and tacks for shoe repairs and wireless radios. Other popular sellers during this era were paint, methylated spirits, turpentine, linseed oil, red lead (for anything deemed to rust) and blue stone – used to preserve thatch. There were large bins for white flour, brown flour, bran, porridge, pollard, parata feed and yellow meal. These provisions were weighed out as the shopper needed. Along with HB, Lucan ice cream was also a popular brand at the time in the ice cream cabinet. Paraffin oil was also a big seller in those days as it lit most homes.
The shop also sold BSA and Raleigh bicycles, with a bike frequently on display in the front left window.