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 co-owner 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 dapgent.com.
The Dapper Gentleman
118 Depot Street in Ringgold, Ga.
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Closed Sunday.