mom-and-pop

[ mom-uh n-pop ]
/ ˈmɒm ənˈpɒp /

adjective

of or relating to a small retail business, usually owned and operated by members of a family: a mom-and-pop grocery.
of or indicating something, as an enterprise, investment, or project, that is independent, small in scope, and modestly financed.

noun, plural mom-and-pops.

a small-scale, owner-operated business.

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Origin of mom-and-pop

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
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