This is fitting with the Dawgs headed to the Nat’l Championship Game next Monday, being an All Things Athens piece. A reader with a store connection emailed me. I had nearly forgotten the post too. I’ll add a line of his to showcase the class that ran Gibson’s: “By the way, Andy told me they didn’t sell Ralph Lauren, because it would be bad form to sell it since Dick Ferguson’s (which was also in the Beechwood Shopping Center) already sold it. It was gentlemanly code of sorts that sadly no longer exists.”

No it does not. No code. No Gibson’s. But we do have the memories. That, and Monday night with Bama. Go Dawgs!


As time passes by I have noticed happy memories are occasionally tinged with sorry. So it is lately. I learned recently of the passing of a great institution, a dynasty if you will, in Athens, Georgia.

Several years ago, unbeknownst to me at the time, George Gibson’s Menswear closed its doors after half a century of servicing the Classic City.

George Gibson’s Menswear closed its doors Monday after almost 50 years of doing business in Athens.

Owner Thomas Hinson, who bought the business after the founder’s son died in 2008, said Monday was their last day as a full-service shop. Employees will be on hand to fill pre-made orders and hand over clothing dropped off for alterations for the rest of the week, he said.

He said the decline in business could be partially attributed to the economic recession, but also increased competition in a market of changing…

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