Character Study Alan Jacobs on Second Avenue and Pike Street
posted by June 30 at 10:30 AMon
So, Alan, I know Leroy owns this fine establishment, but how long have you worked here?
Twenty years. The store has been here for 21 years—we used to be located where the Walgreens is now, up on Third.
I’m assuming you’ve seen some wild stuff go down, being on Pike Street for that long.
Yeah, you do see a lot of stuff here because of the location, like all the crack dealers and drugs. I’ve also seen stores though that come and try to sell the same clothing we carry, but they don’t last more than a few months.
What is up with all the gold records on the wall?
Those are friends from the KFOX days back in the ’80s. A guy, Doleman, had them in his shop and we had to do some trades to get these. They had a song out at the time called “Mack the Knife” which was the name of our old store back then.
Do recording artists stop by when they’re in town?
Oh yeah—we had George Benson not too long ago, as well as Fleetwood Mac—they bought a lot from us. The drummer from Pearl Jam has stopped in, too.
Is most of the apparel you carry from the West Coast?
A few things are from California, but mainly everything is from New York.
What’s your favorite shoe brand?
I would have to go with the Hugo Vitelli shoes. We carry a lot of these, and these are the newest ones right here.
Those are nice, really nice! Next time I need to pick up some pimp shoes, I know who to call.
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Here’s the latest Leroy’s commercial starring Alan. Hey Leroy, please let me in on the next commercial! Two thumbs way up!