This is a shop called Germain as you have no doubt guessed and it sells silk fabric and in particular, silk for home furnishings. This is a family with a long history in the silk trade and when I say long, I mean long. That 1660 on the window isn't an address, it's the year the House of Germain began working in the silk trade. Lyon dominated the silk industry in Europe for about 200 years starting in the 16th century and it is still a major silk producing city. Silk workers, called "canuts" have become a large part of the history of Lyon. There is a museum called the Maison des Canuts which I have been wanting to visit to see manual looms and all of the historic items used in silk weaving. It's in Croix Rousse which is the historic neighborhood where all the silk workshops were. The Croix Rousse is one of the two large hills that loom over the west side of the city and because of the silk workshops, it was nicknamed "the hill that works". The city offers a guided tour called "The Silk Trail" that helps to underscore just how important silk is to its' history. On the silk trail you visit the Maison des Canuts, the Textile Museum, the Silk Weavers' Mural (see the last few photos), the House of Silk Weavers, tour traboules more.
The Silk Weaver's Mural (La Mur des Canuts)
Here's another view of the mural from a little bit farther back so you can see just how big this is and how real it looks.