The Dap­per Gen­tle­man of­fers gifts and ac­ces­sories tai­lored for men

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

It’s only been open for a week, but that hasn’t stopped The Dap­per Gen­tle­man in down­town Ring­gold from be­com­ing a cel­e­brated new go-to shop­ping des­ti­na­tion for all things gen­tle­manly.

The shop, which is a throw­back to the mys­tique of the classy gen­tle­man, of­fers a va­ri­ety of gifts and ac­ces­sories that will be ap­peal­ing to lo­cal fel­las, es­pe­cially with Fa­ther’s Day right around the cor­ner.

Ac­cord­ing to coowner Andrew Stone, he and his step­son, Daniel Mor­gan, opened the store to cre­ate a place un­like any other in the area.

“For sev­eral years, I’ve kind of had a dream of open­ing my own shop of some sort, and I’ve been a cigar smoker for years and years, and then my old­est step­son and I got to talk­ing last summer about do­ing some sort of on­line

cigar ven­ture to­gether,” Stone ex­plained. “As the hol­i­days came and went, we talked more and more about it and fi­nally in­cor­po­rated our LLC back in Jan­uary with thoughts of go­ing on­line.”

Stone said he was out run­ning an er­rand one day when he saw the build­ing space avail­able.

“I just hap­pened to re­cently see the ‘for lease’ sign in front of the build­ing along De­pot Street, called and found out it was owned by the city, and got to talk­ing with them about open­ing this lit­tle shop,” he ex­plained. “They (the city) were ex­cited and said they’d love to have some­thing in town geared for men.”

Stone says he’d been teach­ing at the col­lege level for the past few years, and de­cided it was time to shake things up.

“I just de­cided to cut the rope and jump, and then ev­ery­thing just kind of fell into place, and here we are,” he said.

As far as in­ven­tory goes, the store has a lit­tle bit of ev­ery­thing.

“We’ve got a de­cent se­lec­tion of pre­mium cigars,” Stone said. “We have pop­u­lar and well-known brands, as well as a full line of cigar ac­ces­sories with lighters, cut­ters, ash­trays, and travel cases. One of the big things nowa­days is beard care, so my wife

and I did some re­search, and we’ve ac­tu­ally made our own. We have two dif­fer­ent beard oil fra­grances, leather goods, mes­sen­ger bags, wal­lets, NATO watch straps, hats, fe­do­ras.”

Stone says he and Mor­gan wanted to of­fer some classy items that reg­u­lar guys could ap­pre­ci­ate.

“We are geared to­wards men with­out try­ing to be fancy,” Stone said. “But by the same to­ken, we’re try­ing to cater to guys with more than just cam­ou­flage and boots. There’s noth­ing wrong with those things, but we want to of­fer a va­ri­ety.”

The store of­fers a great vibe with its an­tique decor, old bar­ber­shop chair for guys to re­lax in, and art­work and posters that liven the place up nicely.

“We’re get­ting a good re­sponse so far,” Stone said. “We opened Satur­day dur­ing the 1890s Day Jamboree, and timed that so we could hope­fully get a lit­tle foot traf­fic over here, which we did.”

The shop is open Mon­day through Satur­day, but Stone ad­mit­ted that they may open ad­di­tional hours based on their lo­ca­tion.

“A lot of the down­town shops close at five or six dur­ing the week, so we’re go­ing to be open un­til 6 p.m. Mon­day through Wed­nes­day, and un­til 8 p.m. Thurs­day through Satur­day to try to give peo­ple more time to shop here to­ward the end of the week,” he said. “Be­ing lo­cated across from the De­pot, we can even try to stay open later if there’s an event go­ing on like a wed­ding or some­thing. We want to be open so peo­ple get used to see­ing us.”

Even­tu­ally, Stone says he’d like to add a cou­ple of lines of pock­etknives, bowties, and other items in ad­di­tion to hope­fully open­ing up some shelf space for con­sign­ment.

“We want this thing to grow or­gan­i­cally,” he said.

One of the big­gest draws to the shop is that Stone is a home­town guy who wanted to open a busi­ness right where he grew up.

“We thought about open­ing in Chat­tanooga, but the more we talked about it...Ring­gold is home, so we wanted to see if we could make it work here,” he said. “We’re work­ing on launch­ing our on­line store within the next cou­ple of weeks so that any­thing we have here in the shop will be avail­able on­line as well.”

More in­for­ma­tion about the new gen­tle­man’s em­po­rium can be found on their web­site dap­

Co-owner Andrew Stone stands be­hind the counter at The Dap­per Gen­tle­man, a new shop in down­town Ring­gold across from the his­toric De­pot. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook) The shop houses a nice cigar col­lec­tion. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

In ad­di­tion to its many cigars, The Dap­per Gen­tle­man also of­fers a se­lec­tion of cigar ac­ces­sories such as lighters and cut­ters. (Ca­toosa News photo/ Adam Cook)

The Dap­per Gen­tle­man of­fers pop­u­lar beard oils and other prod­ucts. The shop also has hats and other ac­ces­sories avail­able. Right: The Dap­per Gen­tle­man is lo­cated at 118 De­pot Street in down­town Ring­gold across from the Ring­gold De­pot. (Ca­toosa News...

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