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the carriage trade

Affluent patrons of a store, restaurant, or other such establishment. The name refers to the usual mode of transportation for wealthy people in bygone eras. Don't worry about this slight economic downturn—the carriage trade will keep us in business.
See also: carriage, trade

carriage trade

The best customers. Restaurants, stores, and other establishments were especially pleased to serve wealthy customers who arrived and departed in their own private horse and carriage, as distinguished from people who came and went by foot or public transportation. It was the purchasing power of the carriage trade that produced a reaction from the establishment's personnel that was solicitous to the point of obsequiousness.
See also: carriage, trade
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We've taken the concept from the carriage trade to the mass market, with department store quality at premium mass market prices," he says.
As far as tea goes, the carriage trade still gets its supplies from Temples of Gastronomy like Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, and the specialty tea trade has a market share of anything up to 13% and growing as public tastes move up a notch or two.
Plenty of high-style operators have done well over the years, but few have catered to the carriage trade as successfully as Don Byerly and company.
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A petition with 527 signatures was collected by Capital Cabs company secretary Sharyn Donnachie, who also submitted 89 signed letters from the hackney carriage trade.
With the Whitney coming in and a lot of luxury goods companies, and carriage trade brands, really bringing a level of dimension to the Meatpacking that maybe was missing in the first sort of pure couture focus that it had.
For the connoisseurs and the carriage trade, this is probably by a wee margin the smallest 9mm in its category, but its fans consider it worth every penny of its four-figure price.
It was at Mr Bashir's request that the mayor became personally involved in matters relating to the borough's taxi trade - particularly in trying to resolve a row between Boro Cars and the local hackney carriage trade over access to Morrisons at Berwick Hills.
OUR taxi association was established in 1981 and has been at the forefront of improving the hackney carriage trade since inception.
The training scheme was developed after cabinet members, as part of a five year plan to improve standards in the Private Hire and Hackney Carriage trade, recommended that licensed drivers should receive training in customer care and disability awareness.
THE Newcastle Upon Tyne licensed Hackney Carriage trade is in a similar position to many providers of public transport and road users in other businesses.
Members of the Tyneside Hackney Carriage trade could therefore seek to pursue their challenge to this council's policies through those proceedings.
It is certainly no big secret that Lord & Taylor, under May's all-encompassing, all-suffocating merchandising matrix system, became a mere shadow of its former carriage trade heyday.
The Hackney carriage trade receives not a single penny in subsidy from any source and is completely self funding.
Driver and unofficial hackney carriage trade representative of the TGWU, Mark Royden, 32, from Birkenhead, asked the High Court in London yesterday for permission to mount a full judicial review challenge.