Some sad news, anti apartheid leader and the first President of a biracial South Africa passed away earlier today. In response former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore commented:
"My heart is filled with grief after hearing the news that one of the most celebrated leaders of our time, President Nelson Mandela of South Africa, has died. My heart goes out to the nation he helped transform, to all of those who lives he touched and the generation of activists he inspired."
Mandela inspired millions. He will be missed.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Michael Zell is the owner of Nathan's Custom Tailors in Richmond.
Virginia Gentleman: Who was the first owner of Nathan’s?
Michael Zell: That would be Nathan Zell, my Father.
Virginia Gentleman: Nathan’s first opened in 1936, where was the first location?
Michael Zell: It was 724 E. Main in Richmond
Virginia Gentleman: It was once the case that Virginia’s financial heart was Main Street in Richmond, but now the financial capital of Virginia may be Tyson’s Corner. How has Nathan’s changed to adapt to the changing market? Do more of your customers come from outside Richmond?
Michael Zell: I consider myself to be a “destination” retailer…so all’s well with us and our very loyal clientele.
Virginia Gentleman: It seems fewer men are wearing suits nowadays, has that hurt business?
Michael Zell: It has impacted all clothiers, but we cater to men who have a strong interest in fine clothing with attention to the details of their appearance and “dressing trends” has little impact on them.
Virginia Gentleman: I remember when Nathan’s was on Main Street. Where is the new location?
Michael Zell: 1051 e. cary st., in the atrium attached to the Omni Hotel @ 12th/Cary
Virginia Gentleman: It is hard for any business to last 70 years, what has been the key to Nathan’s success?
Michael Zell: Great clothing and long term relationships with our clients.
Virginia Gentleman: When I first started wearing suits, there were two choices, two-button, or double breasted. In the 90’s a three-button alternative started being offered. I think JFK made the two-button popular and Tony Blair made the Three-button popular. Was that just a phase or do men still go with the three-button option?
Michael Zell: I sell all of what you’ve mentioned…everyone is different….to each his own.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement:
"I think Mark Obenshain and his campaign have made the right decision in requesting a recount in this historically-close race. With only 165 votes between the two candidates out of more than 2.2 million cast, Virginians need to know that the results are as accurate as humanly possible."
"Recounting a race this close is simply the prudent thing to do. Virginians like a quick resolution to our elections. I know I certainly do. But we must take the time to be sure that each and every legitimate vote is counted. Virginians deserve no less."