Upon the completion of Ring Dance fun last Sunday, a few of us decided to peruse around Annapolis. Much to my excitement, we decided to walk into a store...that was never on my list of "regulars". The store's name is what first caught my eye. Jimmy and Sook. My education at a small private school gave me the opportunity to study and have a hands-on experience with a great deal of the Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay. Given that I am now a Biochemistry major, my basic knowledge of crustaceans lead me to remember that the word Sook can be defined as a female blue crab...yes I am a nerd.
This sparked my interest, and we entered the store, only to be more than pleasantly surprised! From twill hats and visors (one of which I proudly purchased), twill button down oxfords, pique polos, and great casual tees and totes; this company is the classic but unique style that every prep strives for.
Twill hat (I bought one in pink)
There polo shirts are uniquely theirs with slim polos combined with a rugby stitched sleeve, giving the classic polo a modern feel...appealing the younger generations of men. Not to mention their perfect logo of a stitched blue crab that exemplifies the Chesapeake and the exact roots of this company.
Let me further explain why I will proudly support this up and rising company: As soon as we entered Jimmy and Sook, we were kindly greeted by Andy Smith, owner. Mr. Smith is as genuine as it comes. From truly taking time to get to know each of us individually, he also suggested items that we each might enjoy based on the information gathered. He was kind, and never pushy. A great businessman to say the least. His personality alone is a great asset to this company, and makes me consider myself lucky to have met him.
Here are a few things I learned about Jimmy and Sook while talking to Mr. Smith:
- Sook can be defined as a female crab (only after she mates)
- Jimmy can be defined as a male blue crab which is why the combination of Jimmy and Sook is a perfect "bay" company name. Mr. Smith said he named the company Jimmy and Sook "for Jimmy is married to Sook"
- The first store was started in Irvington, Virginia; the Annapolis store is an expansion of their company (they also have a store in Michaels, Maryland)
They have a great story and saying as well that must be shared:
Jimmy and Sook®, those beautiful swimmers.
Up and down the Chesapeake, they are a source of employment for adults, entertainment for kids, and an epicurean delight for all. He has been called “the perfect husband” and she always has her “nails painted”.
Just like their crustacean namesakes, Jimmy and Sook®, the shop, will constantly be changing (molting) to keep you entertained and coming back for more.
I love how Mr. Smith incorporated the relationship of a male and female blue crab into his name. Very unique and simplistic. A true classic style, bay-area feel, with a breathe of fresh air, is how I will define this great company.
Not anywhere close to their store locations? No worries, they have a great website that you can explore by clicking this link: Jimmy and Sook.
Hopefully this post will inspire you to checkout a truly praiseworthy up and coming company, in which I take great pride supporting and blogging about.
Have a blessed day y'all!