Variety & Convenience

Moe Laverty

The concept of the variety store originated with the five-and-dime, a store offering a wide assortment of inexpensive personal and household items. These convenient shops popped up everywhere—street corners, train stations, and country roads—and stocked one of almost everything. Laverty’s images capture their unassuming utility, quaint names, bright signage, and cluttered windows. The series reflects modern life in two treasured values: variety and convenience.