By Dianne Lively Yost
Nestled on the corner of South Main Street and West Washington Street in downtown Madison is a striking new retail destination that exclusively focuses on men’s fashion. T.J. Bishop’s Men’s Shop, which opened last Thursday, exudes masculinity and style from its curated brands and personalized customer service to the meticulously restored and designed interior.
The shop has a spacious, fluid and comfortable feel complete with leather chairs, an Oriental rug and large-screen television tuned to the golf channel. Beautiful shelving and antique tables are carefully and tastefully arranged to display menswear, accessories and shoes of brands like Berle, Johnnie-O, Southern Proper, Martin Dingman, Onward Reserve and Duck Head to name a few.
As the combined vision of Madisonians Theresa and Dean Bishop, the shop’s overall themes reflect the couple’s love for and careers in aviation, travel and exploration. “I worked as a flight attendant with Delta Airlines, while Dean is a corporate pilot who also served as a pilot with Eastern Airlines, U.S. Airways and in the United States Navy,” said Theresa.
Indeed, the logo was inspired by the U.S. Naval wings worn by Dean and the shop’s interior walls include two 1940s propellers and vintage world maps, while Dean’s 1970s bicycle (on which he road all over Europe) is suspended from the ceiling. Two antique telescopes are also on display.
Theresa says the fashion items represent a mix of casual and dress fashions including trousers, shirts, jackets, golf shirts and shorts as well as gift items and accessories. In addition, T.J. Bishop’s also offers tuxedo and men’s formalwear rentals for weddings and special occasions.
Madisonians Walter Murray and Russel Carter along with additional staff will be working in the shop to assist shoppers.
Housed in a meticulously remodeled and restored 1865 historic downtown building, the shop’s interior is stunning with an abundance of natural light, refurbished wide plank pine flooring and fresh paint in neutral shades of gray, blue-green and cream. Local craftsman, Ken Harris handled the extensive remodeling work.
T.J. Bishop’s is the third shop alongside Madison Square Collection and BB&G (also located on South Main Street) owned and operated by the Bishop family and represents a longtime dream of Theresa’s. “I always wanted to open a men’s shop and when I had the opportunity to buy the building, I finally had the space do it.”
T.J. Bishop’s is located at 137 South Main Street in downtown Madison. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday.