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John Craig Clothier to open upscale menswear boutique in Sundial

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Upscale men’s fashion story John Craig Clothier is coming to Sundial this year. The Edwards Group announced Monday the store would be opening in retail space at the corner of Second Avenue North and Second Street in time for this year’s holiday shopping season.

“I am thrilled to welcome John Craig Clothier to Sundial,” said the center’s developer and owner Bill Edwards.  “John Craig offers exceptional clothing and extraordinary customer service. This will be a wonderful complement to Sundial’s collection of retailers.”

The retail store offers high-end men’s clothing, accessories and footwear. The store boasts designer names like Samuelsohn, Hickey Freeman, Zanella and Canali. In addition to offering upscale clothing, the store also provides complimentary tailoring and made-to-measure customization.

This will be the eighth John Craig Clothier site. Other locations include Harbourside Place in Jupiter, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, two locations in Naples, the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando and one in Bonita Springs.

John Craig Clothier builds on an already upscale environment in Sundial. Two fine dining restaurants occupy most of the second floor – Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Sea Salt. Other high-end retailers are also located in Sundial including White House Black Market, Tommy Bahama, Diamonds Direct and Jackie Z Style Co.

It also comes as ground has broken on the Bliss luxury condo tower going up just a couple blocks away.

“Sundial is the perfect location for our next expansion,” added company owner Craig DeLongy. “The St. Petersburg area is growing by leaps and bounds, and we are excited to be a part of this magnificent center and incredibly vibrant downtown.”

The first John Craig Clothier shop opened in Winter Park in 1996. The small retail chain has been recognized on the Esquire Retail 100 list recognizing America’s finest menswear specialty stores in the United States.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.

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