Bay Metropolis’s solely retailer devoted to males’s clothes now providing a big selection of fits and sizes


Because the proprietor of the one retailer devoted to males’s clothes in Bay Metropolis, Invoice Keepert needs to present males extra selections.

Keepert just lately expanded choices at its 1306 Columbus Avenue retailer to incorporate bigger sizes in addition to the complete vary of suites.

“You do not have to go to Saginaw, or Midland, or anyplace out of city to purchase garments,” says Keepert, who has owned JB Males’s Attire for 46 years. He and his father, John, opened their doorways on 12 April 1976.

“Years in the past, possibly even 10 years in the past, we rented tuxedos,” says Keepert, “however the suppliers they handled from Saginaw and Grand Rapids went out of enterprise. Then the ultimate provider — Jims Formalwear — took their The connection ended when the shop was not doing sufficient enterprise with them.

The Columbus Avenue retailer has just lately been revamped. Now, the proprietor is increasing its line to satisfy the rising demand for males’s fits.When the demand for tuxedos declined, so did the demand for fits. First, Keepert begins listening to the go well with’s requests for a funeral.

“That is principally what began it,” says Keepert.

Then, a groom and his groom ordered the go well with on-line. When fits arrived, males wanted somebody to interchange them. Invoice and his mom, Virginia, made the adjustments.
“Then the boy’s brother got here and stated, ‘You made a change for my brother’s marriage ceremony, so I wished to take my go well with from you.’ ,

Subsequent factor he knew, Keepert had orders for 13 fits. “I simply stated, wow.”

When the JC Penney retailer within the mall closed, Keepert knew a neighborhood retailer was wanted to hold the fits. Obtained requests for fits furthered his resolve to develop the choices inside his shops.

Aside from buying on-line or leaving Bay Metropolis, Keepert says there aren’t many choices for getting a collection right here. He says his fits are competitively priced and produced from high quality materials together with polyester and poly-wool blends that work for nearly any event.

Ensuring fits match is one other area he and his mother proceed to fill.

“Modifications are a dying breed,” he says. “Impulsively, the fits have been on the point of put on, however when the smallest worm is 29 inches, and also you want 26, it isn’t able to put on.”

When this occurs, Keepert and his mom, then 94 years outdated, make all of the adjustments in the home.
One other want that they determined to fill is XL males’s clothes.

“We have been already tall, however we simply added extra-large sizes.”

Keepert now carries shirts and sweaters as much as sizes 5 and 6XL. He says he does not need the boys to depart city to select up their garments, and has no plans to retire any time quickly.



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