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Fifty-three Years Old

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It was only last week that Wagner & j Co. moved froin temporary quarters back into their old store, which had been overhauled and improved to sucli an extent that one could hardly recognize it as the same place. The store has been niodernized in every way. The lirst thing that attracts the attention is its light, roomy appearance, caused by raising the ceiling, making it twelve feet high. By taking out the heavy pillars supporting the front and substituting an arrangement of plate glass somewhat different from anything in Ann Arbor, they have secured very handsome show windows. A handsome, neat pattern of glazed tile adonis the entrance. The left side of the store is devoted to furnishing goods. Deep shelving of antiqiie oak, elegantly finished, and of entirely new design, extends to the rear. Directly in front of this shelving are forty feet of show cases, resting on oak tables of handsome design finished to match the shelving. The right side, as you enter the store, is devoted to the display of seasonable woolens, and one would be hard to please who could not find something to his taste in so large and varied an assortment. The second door, reached by means of a handsome oak staircase, is used for surplus stock. ïhis is the store of 1891. When William Wagner, the senior inemberof the firm, went into business during the year 1838, the quarters he occupied were much more modest. ïhe old store stood on Huron-st, in a block of buildings which were burneil down in the disastrous fireof 1848. It was not long bef ore Mr. Wagner had the foundation lald for a new structure, and in 18í9 he took possession of the stoïe which he has occupied continuously till the present time. In 1887 his son. Charles W. Wagner, who had learned the business thoroughly, was taken into partnership and in Feuruary of this year, James N. Riley, fornierly of Williamston, also becaine a member of the firm. Mr. Wagner attends exclusively to the cutting of garments, while Mr. Riley waits on the trade. THE STOKE is 66x18 feet in size and two stories high. A magnilicent plate glass front and a skylight in the rear ulïord light in the day time, while in the evening business is transacted under the glare of the electric light. Fine mirrors and convenient dressing rooms are a part of the equipment. FINE TAILORtNc;. As belore remarKecl, U. VV. Wagner does all the cutting. He has had thirteen years' experience in this kind of work, and, judging from the class of customers who patronize the lirm, and their increasing business, his work is giving the best of satisfaction. The firm buy all their goods direct trom either the importers or turers, saving the middlenien's proiHs. They are thus enabled to get the nuw styles sooner, while by buylng for cash, and taking advantage of a cash discount, they own their goods at a less price than they otherwise could, giving their custómers the benefit. Woolensof all kinds- principally the imported varietiea - are kept in stock. Suits are made to order for 120 and upwards. Troosera range trom S.r, and overcoats from 318, to much larger amounts. A specialty with the house is a line of bandsome silk vestings suitable tor the fancy vests which are now very popular. Onlv flret-clasa triminings are use.d. Said Mr. e. W. Wagaer. "I belle vethat the liniiig should wear as long as the outside of a gannent. I never try to save a few cents by using poor stuff. On the whole, l would rather held one old custonier than make two D8W ones. A good deal of our trade we have had tor yeafs. A novelty latcly introduced into the tailorshop is a Mat i ron, which, instead of a cfaarcoaJ lire, has a gas jet inside. Thits allannoyanee from dirtor einders isavolded. For many vars WagnerA Co. kept a large stock oí' ready made clothing. This they disposed of recently in order that they might ba able to devote inore attention to the tailoring business proper. ïhe old stock of furnishings was ateo saciificed by a special sale, in order to make room for a larger and better assortment. The purchases in this line of goods have been remarkably large this fall and more than an ordinary amount of attention has been given to theii!. Xo other house in Ann Arbor can boast of so large a variety of line linen collars, cuffs, dress shirts, underwear, neckties and the like. It would pay any penon, with an eye for beauty, to look over the stock even if he does not care to parchase. Inconnection with the establishment the flrm have a flrst-claas steam laundry, which bears the reputation of doing the best work in this section of the country. A beautiful delivery wagon, makiog frequent trips, gathers and distrilmtes the work. The laundry is rapidly becoining a stronger and stronger adjunct to the business.


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