Holmes Cloth­ing con­sid­ered land­mark in Cedartown

The Standard Journal - - BUSINESS - By AGNES HA­GIN Se­nior As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor

Holmes Cloth­ing, lo­cated at 235 Main Street, will cel­e­brate 120 years in 2015.

The store is cur­rently owned and op­er­ated by Bruce, Ron and Stephen Casey. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon­day through Fri­day, 9 a.m. to noon Wed­nes­day and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day. For in­for­ma­tion, you are in­vited to call 770-7481455.

“Ron and I grew up in the business,” said Stephen Casey. “We get along great but are known as prac­ti­cal jokesters.”

He be­lieves Holmes has con­tin­ued to serve the lo­cal area due to the fact that ev­ery cus­tomer is im­por­tant and the store stocks only qual­ity mer­chan­dise. Shop­pers can choose from 70 dif­fer­ent lines of cloth­ing, in­clud­ing such brands as South­ern Tide, Peach State Pride, Vines N Kerr, Flor­sheim shoes, Brighton belts and ac­ces­sories and more.

Ser­vices of­fered in­clude cus­tom tai­lored suits and coats, elite for­mal wear and free al­ter­ations with most pur­chases.

Casey said both he and Ron could give credit for con­tin­ued business suc­cess to their fa­ther Bruce. “He be­lieves the only way to do some­thing is the right way,” Stephen said.

Ron Casey said they en­joy talk­ing to peo­ple and pleas­ing cus­tomers.

The present W. K. Holmes build­ing has been con­tin­u­ously oc­cu­pied as Holmes Cloth­ing Company for almost 120 years.

The late W.K. Holmes founded the store in 1895. H. J. Dempsey, con­trac­tor and builder, con­structed the fa­cil­ity at a cost of $7,450.

The base­ment of the build­ing once housed a “press­ing club” or dry clean­ing es­tab­lish­ment. For most of its his­tory, the sec­ond floor has housed law of­fices – in­clud­ing W. H. Traw­ick, J. K. Davis, O. T. Flournoy and For­rest Oates.

At one time, part of the up­stairs was used as a “Gen­tle­men’s Club” where lo­cal men could gather.

Dur­ing World War II, a U.S.O. was es­tab­lished on the sec­ond floor where those serv­ing in the Armed Forces could en­joy light re­fresh­ments, cards, mu­sic and the company of Cedartown’s fairest.

In 1945, Phil Brew­ster, whose wife was a daugh­ter of the founder, pur­chased Holmes. Paul Heard was a part­ner for a num­ber of years and pur­chased the business in 1970.

Heard re­tired Dec. 31, 1980, and Bruce and Patsy Casey be­came the new own­ers. Casey for­merly op­er­ated B&B Men’s Wear on East Av­enue.

Holmes Cloth­ing, long con­sid­ered a land­mark on Main Street, still serves the Cedartown area as a provider of men’s cloth­ing. The store also draws many cus­tomers from Rock­mart, Bre­men, Floyd County and other area com­mu­ni­ties.

Although it has con­tin­ued to change, the own­ers make ev­ery ef­fort to as­sure cus­tomers that the high prin­ci­ples and business ethics on which the company was founded are still part of daily op­er­a­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to Ron Casey, the fam­ily also has a ladies store – 301 Main Holmes for Her. It is owned and op­er­ated by their mother Patsy D. Casey and aunt Alice D. Pittman.

Agnes Ha­gin/ SJ

Holmes Cloth­ing con­tin­ues to pro­vide cus­tomers with qual­ity cus­tom tai­lored suits and coats, elite for­mal wear and cour­te­ous ser­vice.

Agnes Ha­gin/ SJ

Stephen Casey and Ron Casey check new ar­rivals in Holmes Cloth­ing, a land­mark business in Cedartown.

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