A look at what's going on in Trinidad, on H Street, and in the larger area north of Capitol Hill.
Awesome! It opens up the way for another themed bar!!!!
i drove past it and saw the sign saying '44 years in business'. this closing truly saddens me.
The construction is over. This guy should be able to make twice the amount of money now and be just as profitable. The construction is not the reason he is going out of business. George, sell some boring decent mostly white or light blue slim fit shirts and you probably don't have to go out of business. Most of us dont really need multi color saddle shoes or wing tips.Also, I see Fashion One is having a going out of business sale
Can't the man just retire without it being some socio-economic statement? If I could sell the building my business was in for that much cash, I would. Then I would move some place safe in upper NW.
The article paints him as being some sort of victim.The only thing he's a victim of is fashion.If he'd been willing to update his inventory and sell things people want to buy he'd still be in business.
Agree with 8:24. This man brought this on himself for not changing with the times or demographics. The new population in the area doesn't have a need for purple suits. I wish him a happy retirement. It would be nice if a more conservative/buiness attire friendly men's clothing store would open up in this location. I too hope it won't be another theme bar.
I agree that his merchandise doesn't really fit the neighborhood demographics, but even if he did update it, would it work? When I am looking for work clothes I tend to go to Jos A. Banks or Brooks Brothers for suits and maybe Gap or Banana Republic for business casual. Is he going to be able to compete with them on price?
I'd shop there if he had shirts that actually fit tall men without beer guts (unlike Brooks Bros, or some others). I'd love an independent clothing store that had fashion forward, but tasteful men's clothes. Anyway, Up Against The Wall and Commander Salamander closed over the last few years. Also the roller disco in my old suburb! Damn this all-destroying H Street streetcar! Damn this gentrification!!!
@oboe check out Hugh and Crye in Georgetown. Their shirts are awesome! Great customer service as well.http://www.hughandcrye.com/--cb
It bums me out too that the business could make it through the riots (and at 44 years that means he opened the year before the riots) and the 80s but not gentrification. He's selling clothing to a demographic that's moved on from H, and even then I think the Steve Harvey/former-NFL star-now-doing-commentary purple and mustard yellow suit look is last century. I think you can cater to the varying demographics around H, you just need to stock Stacy Adams that are one tone instead of three.
oh c'mon pimp daddy, doesnt everyone want to dress like deion sanders?
@steve m:oh c'mon pimp daddy, doesnt everyone want to dress like deion sanders?The problem is that not even Sanders wants to dress like Sanders these days.http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_jNzlsJrCnHM/TRB9n9bK4dI/AAAAAAAAAic/erTdqVLCisE/s1600/DeionSanders1.jpgThe fact is tastes change; fashion changes. Change *is* fashion. Blaming "the streetcar" or "gentrifiers" is just a bit sad.
Hello H St. fam! I live east of the river but a Retail Priority Area Grant (H Street RPAG) was brought to my attention today and I wanted to share it with the readers of FrozenTropics. http://wp.me/p1g6GO-d5
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