Fred Ackers was in 1895 a very recent arrival in the city. There is no mention of him nor his tobacco/shoeshine stall, at any rate, in a BC Directory prior to that year.
Ackers’ shop was located on West Cordova between Cambie and Abbott (on the south side of the street) in the block where the Woodward’s condo development now is. He resided at Dougall House, which was a very short walk from his workplace (at the corner of Abbott and Cordova). Within a couple of years of Ackers moving on, his former stall was occupied by Miss Carrie Smith, milliner.
Ackers’ name pops up by 1901 in a different occupation from that of tobacconist: he (or someone of the same name) is a cook at the Atlantic restaurant. That wasn’t an eatery which I’d encountered before. Looking it up, I discovered that it wasn’t far from either the Dougall House or from his former tobacconist’s location: it was at 73 Cordova, George W. Bloomsfield, proprietor.