Shopping: Supreme Clothiers
Bittersweet. That's how the owner of Supreme Clothiers describes the store's late February opening.
Rick Williams started selling men's dress items online in 2008. At six-foot-four, he was tired of wasting hours and mileage to find formalwear that fit. Supreme Clothiers "was my way of helping the big and tall man."
It was also a way to collaborate with his wife, Lisa - a project they were both passionate about.
But before the couple secured a brick-and-mortar location, she passed away, lost young to heart disease.
Watching the fruition of their dream alone has been difficult, but "although she's not here in person," Williams said, "I know she's here in spirit."
Located in the former TJazz spot, Supreme Clothiers greets customers with an eye-catching array of Verse 9 ties.
"The designs will stop someone in their tracks," Williams said of the exclusive line by CNN journalist Roland Martin.
Along the walls hang suits that run up to size 72 long. Name brands range from Gitman Brothers to Steve Harvey.
Many of the styles are especially great for African-American men looking for unique designs in quality fabrics, Williams said. Quality indeed: All the shirts are 100 percent Egyptian cotton.
Also available are exotic skin dress shoes up to size 18 and a collection of classy cufflinks.
Supreme Clothiers also still sells products online. Williams said one store will enhance the other.
And even though he'd wish to share this with his lost loved one, Williams said the new store makes him "so thankful. Very thankful."
143 E. Main St., Downtown
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Sunday by appointment