WRITTEN BY SHAWNA O’Neill
A sense of renewal could be felt in downtown Cornwall on Friday, June 10. Ontario has finally reopened certain businesses after its third lockdown!
Happy chatter from patio-goers fluttered down Pitt St. throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Lines of faithful customers stood awaiting entrance into some of their favourite stores within the downtown BIA. It really felt like summer.
The staff at Kastners Men’s and Ladies Wear were excited to reopen their doors. They know how uplifting it is to step out of the lockdown sweat pants and hoodie uniform, and emerge with a fresh new look.
With everything in the store marked down by 20 to 60 per cent, there is sure to be something there for dad this Father’s Day (Sunday, June 20). There may even be something for mom, if she didn’t get the chance to shop on Mother’s Day.
“Who doesn’t want celebrate dad and have him look good at the same time?” said Burton Girling of Kastners.
“We really have a little bit of everything for everyone, at all different price points,” added president Ahron Lang.
Whether dad needs some new golf shirts, a sport jacket, shorts, jeans, dress shirts, hats, sunglasses or even a suit, Kastners carries an array of styles. Some of the brands in-store include Tommy Bahama, Oakley, Jack and Jones, Bleu, Leo Chevalier, Ray-Ban, Silver Jeans, Mavi and more.
“Typically, at this time of year, some of the big products are the Tilley hat, Ray-Ban sunglasses and Oakley hats,” explained Girling.
Due to manufacturing and shipping changes across several industries during the pandemic, Lang noted that buying things ahead of season may have its advantages, like a winter jacket.
“It may be smart to get ahead and buy winter wear, because various stores are facing challenges with shipping and stock,” he explained.
Originally, Kastners was known as a ‘Bargain Shop’, opening sometime in the 1920s.
“It was a store where you could come in and look for a deal,” said Lang. “There was a lot of work wear, a lot of blue collar (apparel). You think back to what the community was at that time (prior to 1968), which was a mill town, so that (industry) is what we catered to.”
Lang said that after his father and uncle purchased Kastners from Tillie Kastner in 1968, they brought in a line of suits, to compliment existing products, and changed the store to follow a more upscale direction. In 1979, they opened a women’s clothing department.
To learn more about Kastners, which has been located at 27 First St. E in Cornwall for about 100 years, visit their Facebook page.