As the entire Cold Coast became a British colony (1874-1901) the small towns along the southern seaboard grew in prominence as centers of Christian mission educational activities, British Colonial administration and commercial activity. During the colonial period, Saltpond was one of the communities that was home to many families who were employed in the British colonial government, or were general merchants and entrepreneurs. Cape Coast was another major hub.
In this milieu, Joseph and Hope Acquah owned a small general merchandize store that was a community asset. Hope had learned the elements of inventory management and pricing from her father James, and the store was a successful venture for the young business-minded couple. Hope was the able manager and Joseph was the book-keeper as small-business owners and general merchants.
The role of small independent family-owned general store has remained core to the endurance of especially small communities. Joseph and Hope's Store was a community resource. In many small communities like Saltpond, the small business and family-owned store supports residents in many ways, like extending lenient credit terms to less fortunate families.
The general merchandise store operated by Joseph and Hope stocked many essential items for a growing community of consumers. Hope continued to operate the general store for more than a decade after her dear Joseph passed away. When Hope retired, she had served her Saltpond community for over 30 years as a small-business owner.