But none has a longer waiting list, nor a greater shared history, than the Tercentenarian Club.
If you have never heard of it, that is not a surprise. It has barely a dozen members, no annual fee, and it meets just once a year. The members are a rag-tag collection of businessmen, including a wine merchant, a butcher, a hat maker, a ribbon manufacturer, a builder and boatyard owner. There’s even a candlestick seller.
To enter the club you need to run a business that has survived for more than 300 years and is still owned by the same family that started it.
Only a dozen out of the millions upon millions of businesses in the country.