Definition of mom-and-pop in English:

mom-and-pop

adjective

North American
  • Denoting a small store or business of a type often run by a married couple.

    ‘most of the town relies on a local mom-and-pop ISP for their email’
    • ‘Temporarily freed of the apron she wears in our mom-and-pop grocery store, my mother had dressed up for her downtown jaunt.’
    • ‘Should mom-and-pop frame shops be worried about losing customers to the Web of convenience?’
    • ‘They would rather shop at national chains than at local mom-and-pop stores.’
    • ‘You can't get a mom-and-pop shop to do something like this nationwide.’
    • ‘Those smaller stores, not to mention mom-and-pop operations in provincial towns, are threatened by the big international megastores.’
    • ‘‘We've always been a mom-and-pop shop,’ he continued.’
    • ‘Mainly comprised of mom-and-pop stores and private veterinarians in 1993, pet care has grown to a $23 billion industry of superstores and medical organizations.’
    • ‘The duo started the company as a mom-and-pop retail frame shop where they worked with local artists.’
    • ‘Currently, all business falls under one tax category, be it a hotel, restaurant or mom-and-pop candy store.’
    • ‘Most ice cream stores are still mom-and-pop shops that lack the funds needed to finance such a study.’
    • ‘Let's be specific: Because the proposed law would only include grocery stores over 10,000 square feet, every local mom-and-pop store would be exempt.’
    • ‘Gone are the overhead cables and the architectural mismatch of high-rise office building next to mom-and-pop store next to 50-year-old houses.’
    • ‘The mom-and-pop stores are further disadvantaged in the global marketplace, being effectively shut out of access to consumer dollars.’
    • ‘That reminds me of a superstore that pats itself on the back for putting a mom-and-pop hardware store out of business.’
    • ‘He looked into the windows of the little souvenir shops, mom-and-pop restaurants, and other shops.’
    • ‘Not only did consumers earn mere pennies by participating, but they also had to shop at any number of mom-and-pop stores just to earn those pennies.’
    • ‘In addition, mom-and-pop shops are facing more competition from big box stores and Internet sites.’
    • ‘It was not a great time to launch a mom-and-pop record store.’
    • ‘The twentieth century witnessed the virtual demise of the household-sized mom-and-pop corner stores, replaced by large scale department and speciality stores.’
    • ‘Now most of the oceanfront bungalows and the mom-and-pop motels are gone.’