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Meet the Owner: The Tiger Shop

David Abraham has been bringing men's apparel to Wayne for more than 40 years.

You would not know by looking at it, but in Wayne started out as a store that sold tie dyed shirts, bell-bottom pants and stacked heal shoes. It was the end of the 1960s, and the hippie- and disco-inspired fashions were just coming into vogue.

Owner David Abraham joined his father in the business in 1970 and has been its driving force every since: through the hippie times, the big suits of the 1980s, women’s apparel, suits and ties, and into a more “relaxed” century.

Abraham said that people dress more “casual” today, and uses the word in its negative uses: apathetic, without serious intention. “People have lost social skills, and getting dressed is a social skill,” he said. “Language, manners, dress — it’s all one package.”

So how does a business survive catering to dressing up when the majority of the society hardly does it?

“We found a small group of people who care about how they look and want to be successful,” he said. Longtime Wayne tailor Joe Dedda works out of the store. Abraham takes care of his customers and knows them all by name. He tells a lot of stories, and his customers reciprocate.

While the store carries sportswear, it also sells custom shirts and suits and sports coats. Almost everything people wear is “dressy casual” these days, he said. So they provide that, too.

Men don’t realize that people look at them and judge, he said. When people see someone dressed up at a restaurant or event, “They think, ‘Wow, that’s got to be an important person’ and wonder who they are,” Abraham said.

“If you want to be noticed and stand out of the crowd, get dressed up.”

Catherine August 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
It wouldn't be Christmas without the gift of one of the Tiger Shop's great ties.
Carol Beringer August 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
It is always a favorite stop of mine at Christmas, too! While I have very few occasions for men's clothing purchases...The Tiger Shop is the ONLY place for me! Congratulations, David! Carol Beringer
The Swell Guy August 18, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Christmas??? How about every other month or so,... David's Tiger Shop is one of the few fine men's shops left in the area,.... LONG LIVE THE TIGER SHOP! Congrats to David and The Tiger Shop,... A real piece of the 'fabric' of Wayne!!!!
Peter August 19, 2012 at 02:13 AM
I ran into the store while in a hurry and asked Dave to order me some brown pants. He asked me, "What kind of brown pants?" I replied, "You know, the same ones as last time." And he knew exactly which ones I needed! At my next visit, there they were.
BANKER0917 August 19, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Have shopped off and on for as long as the store has been in business. Glad to know where Joe is these days but he obviously is not tailoring women's clothing any more !! Hope you are business another 40+ years !!

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