Putting on a beautifully designed suit elevates my spirit, extols my sense of self, and helps define as a man to whom details matter.”      - Gal Talese


The original sign from The Shack Bar in Chapel Hill hangs on the wall in the Chapel Hill shop, providing a whimsical tie to the past.

Running a clothing store that’s open on Saturdays, raising two children and playing enough golf to maintain a single-digit handicap has limited Chris Dalrymple’s opportunities to return to Chapel Hill and his alma mater since leaving in the spring of 1977.

But he’s enjoying reconnecting with Franklin Street and “Blue Heaven” after opening The Gentlemen’s Corner on West Franklin Street in the spring of 2014.

“It’s been fun running into a lot of people you’ve known, gone to school with, maybe seen in one of our other stores,” says Dalrymple, who owns stores in Pinehurst, Wilmington and Palm Beach, Fla. “So many people come back to this area for sports or shopping or entertainment. It’s a neat mix of folks.”

Dalrymple is a native of Sanford and a 1977 UNC graduate. He couldn’t find a job immediately after college, so he teamed with Pinehurst area golf professional Buck Adams to open a men’s clothing store in the Village of Pinehurst in 1978.

“I thought it would be something to do for a couple of years until a ‘real job’ came along,” he says. “That job never came along and meanwhile the store was doing well. I’m still here.” (read more…)

The new Chapel Hill Gentlemen’s Corner celebrated its grand opening in early May and we stopped by recently to visit with co-general manager Dexter Garner.

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