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Traditions: Fleischerei. The local butcher. Having spent numerous Saturdays walking with my grandmother to her preferred butcher, I certainly appreciate the couple of locales that I frequent here in Vienna.

Fleischerei Ringl has been at this location since 1924, a testimony to their quality (Herr Ringl makes the sausages himself) from free range animals on Waldviertel farms. And like any savvy business,  in order to maintain their success they keep abreast of their customer’s changing palates with offers like the “Extrawurst Ohne Mehl” (a gluten-free sandwich meat kind of, sort of, like American bologna), but still offer classics like “Rindfleisch Gelee” (beef aspic).

Traditions: Pelzhaus. Vienna is notable for their love of dogs; and also, judging by the numerous fur shops sprinkled around, fondness of furry woodland creatures whose skins can be worn when the thermometer dips. This particular fur shop is more than 90 years old and all of their offerings are still made by hand, with pelts carefully selected from “humane” farms. No irony there.

 

Traditions: Eisenhandlung. The big operators like OBI (the German Home Depot equivalent) are mostly perched in the outer districts; but generously sprinkled within the city are old-school “Iron Wares” (hardware) stores, where I have never failed to find what I went in search of, and often, even things I did not realize I was in search of.

Traditions: Bandagist. As the modern replaces the traditional even here in Vienna, one of my new photo projects is collecting snaps of storefronts like the one I spotted this week.

Alois Anderle V now runs the family business of custom bandages and prosthetics that dates back 130 years. In the 19th century the business expanded into custom glove manufacturing (the “Handschuherzeugung”), as that seemed a perfect “fit.”

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