Pheww, you’ve made it through the airport security checkpoint in one piece, and have arrived at your gate with time to spare. A trip to the shop beckons for the essentials—a $4 bottle of water, candy bar and a magazine. Uggh, you forgot your headphones. Again. Oh well, here’s a pair and, hey, maybe this: a “Santa Please Stop Here” 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. In much of Europe, parts of Asia, Australia (and soon, parts of the U.S.), that quick but pricy airport splurge will likely happen at a WH Smith, the British high street retailer that harkens back to the 1790s when Henry Walton Smith and his wife Anna started a news vending operation in London. The news business isn’t the retail racket it was once was, but that hasn’t stopped WH Smith from growing into a global giant with more than 1,500 shops, including a healthy business at train stations and airports across 30 countries outside the U.K. Read more at Fortune.