By Victoria Gaither
“The celebration is an opportunity to see our friends and neighbors in town. Following the pandemic, we’re excited to be fully open again, share our recently renovated shop and all of the new products we’ve curated,” said Casey McNeil, whose grandfather, James F. McNeil, and his good friend George Reedy, opened the shop in their name in 1956.
Since then, the store has been a popular fixture downtown.
Owners John McNeil and James L. McNeil run the store today, with help from James’s son, Casey McNeil.
Reflecting on 65 years in business, James L. McNeil said, “We are so thankful for the community support and are proud to have served the Rutland community for 65 years and are looking forward to celebrating this weekend.”
His identical twin brother, John McNeil, explained, “we finished a major renovation project at the shop and kept it in keeping with my father’s vision. We’re excited to share the updates we’ve made over the last year with the community.”
Casey added: “My father and uncle have continued my grandfather’s legacy and have truly turned the store into a destination for quality clothing that will last for generations while providing exceptional customer service.”
The McNeil & Reedy name brought Tiernan Weeden, a senior at Granville Jr./Sr. High School in Granville, New York, to the shop in March. He needed a suit for the prom, so his mother drove him to McNeil & Reedy.
Weeden said, “my suit fit perfectly, and the floral tie matched really well with my date’s dress.”
It’s that kind of service that they are known for.
Casey said the store not only sells men’s business and formal wear but sportswear, ties, shoes, even candles. “We now have a huge selection of lifestyle and casual clothing, gifts and accessories. We focused on local, American-made, quality goods to share with our customers.”
During the three-day celebrations, the store will team up with Barr Hill, Rutland Beer Works and Whistlepig Whisky to bring cocktails, beer tastings, and a chance to win a gift certificate. It kicks off Thursday, July 1, and ends July 3. Everyone is invited. For more information, visit mcneilandreedy.com/65th.