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Boyd's Philadelphia: Major Renovation

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jekv12, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. jekv12

    jekv12 Senior member

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    I've been hearing about this for a few months now, and even got a little dusty last time I was there. A business-oriented article about the Boyd's renovation, with expanded Brasserie, a move of a jeweler, and expansion of women's department. Boyd's Renovation
     
  2. cuffthis

    cuffthis Senior member

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    Let me start by saying I am a proponent of locally owned haberdasheries. I love the excellent service that smaller stores can offer.

    I also love larger independents like Paul Stuart. They offer innovative, classic products that are wonderfully displayed and sold (most of the time) by salespeople who are very knowledgeable about what they are selling.

    But...................................

    I find Boyd's of Philadelphia to be the most annoying store I have ever stepped foot in. For starters, there are 3 salesmen for every one customer. When you walk in, the salesman asks if he may help you. I usually say "no thanks, just looking." But the salesman will follow me all around, hawking me - and that pisses me off to no end.

    Since there are no tags on the racks indicating the suit sizes, the salemen will have to help you find your size. And then they don't leave you alone. I clench my teeth the whole time, trying not to blurt out "buzz off, jack."

    The inside of the building is (was?) beautiful, with lots of great architectural charm.

    But, to me, the air was always full of snootiness, not warmth. These guys make Polo retail stores seem timid.

    I hope the new and improved Boyd's has new and improved atmosphere. The old one was painful to shop in.
     
  3. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Agree with the above post; I stumbled across a very nice small store last time in Center City called Wayne Edwards. The proprietor was knowledgeable and the selection was excellent and tasteful. Highly recommended for any Philly residents.

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  4. jekv12

    jekv12 Senior member

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    A long time ago, when Boyd's was on Market street, they offered buttons saying "I just want to be left alone" to help with the situation described here. Sad they had to go that far. But merchandise always had sizes. That said, once I had "my" sales person, I'd ask for him, then ask for time alone. It worked. Of course since I've moved to the burbs I can count on one hand the number of times I've actually purchased anything there in 10 years. Still an impressive selection though. Re: Wayne Edwards, they've recently moved to smaller quarters a few blocks away from their old store. Apparently their revenue is about the same, so their profit is better because they don't have the larger lease expense. They moved because they had specialty merchandise, and couldn't fill all of the store. (that's a summary in case you need a subscription for this link). Wayne Edwards
     

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