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January 12, 2009

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Thanks Dan,

here's a really cool picture I found of Nat's Mens Shop from 1934... Yes 1934 there use to be a barber shop on the side of the store. When your in the store it would have been in the back where the boots are.

Here's the Picture:

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h68/Bueller427/natsinthe30s.jpg

Thanks for taking the time to comment, John. If Mike Silvestri ever doubted how much people appreciate his business, I hope those doubts are disappearing. He and his family are doing something special for Staten Islanders, and it's obvious that a lot of us appreciate it.

I'm sitting here typing, wearing the lined jeans Nat's sold me. The denim is a heavier weight than usual to begin with, so I suspect they'd be warm even without the lining. But that lining; it's something like flannel or muslin, and when you put the jeans on, it's like you're putting on heavier weight pajama bottoms; that's how warm and comfortable they are.

But if Mike hadn't suggested them, I never would have thought to ask. And as you obviously know, that's the difference, dealing with a local businessperson who knows his or her stock and how to match it with what the customer needs . . . versus the minimum-wage chain-store employee who doesn't.

You know, I really appreciate your mentioning that Nat's will try to get you a particular item they may not normally stock. I have just the item in mind and will head on over to Nat's this weekend.

Thanks again for your kind words, John.

Hey Dan,
you are spot on with your article, not only does nat's have a large selection of boots/work clothes but they always have that piece of clothing that you can't find in the big stores..like wrangler jeans..I don't think any of the big stores carry wrangler jeans anymore. They also will go out of their way to get you something you want if they don't have it!! you don't get that "if you don't see it we don't have it" line like you get in the big stores. Their service is second to none and I also like the feel of the store..when you go in you feel like you stepped back in time to when people actually helped you and want you to be happy when you leave.
It would be nice to have another Nat's on the south shore of Staten Island...but it's definally worth the Trip!

Hey, Mike . . .

It means a lot to me that you liked the blog entry on your extraordinary enterprise. Thanks for your kind words.

The thing is, I don't know if you know this, but EVERYBODY knows Nat's. Before I wrote the piece, I told friends about my positive experience at the store--which served as a reminder to several of them that they'd meant to stop by and just hadn't remembered (let's hope they become repeat customers, as I intend to be.

When my grandson Jacob comes to stay with us next summer, we're definitely taking the bus to Nat's.

Stay warm!

Dear Dan,
I must say, your kind words about Nat's are much appreciated, and touched me to the core. You see, just out of pure chance did i stumble upon your beautifully, well crafted, and detailed piece on my father’s store, Pat Silvestri. I had just decided to Google the store, and happened to find your blog. It is really great to see that people still appreciate service from a purely small ‘mom and pop’ business, or in Nats’ case, a ‘sister-in-law and pop’ business. We each share the same sentiment when it comes to small business, and the fact that you recognize its importance is comforting. You’ve done a great thing in writing this article and my family sincerely thanks you, and each of you that has commented on Nats.

Mike Silvestri

JOHN--Thanks for your kind compliment. I welcome you as a reader and a commenter. If you'd like to subscribe to my blog via e-mail, please go to the 'Subscribe to this blog's feed' link in the upper-right column of this page.

BETH--Glad to know you know about Nat's. It's the Dembner's Hardware of haberdashery or Army & Navy-ness. The nostalgia part was really powerful. Seeing the salesman (Nat?) disappear into the racks brought me back to Barney's, 17th St. and 7th Ave., and being fitted for a suit for my friend John Greiner's bar mitzvah. I'd forgotten how satisfying it is to be helped through a tedious process by someone who knows what s/he's doing.

It's a sign of times that I'm proud to report my watchcap was Made in America.

Thanks for reading.

Dan,
You're right! Nat's is a wonderful place!
Can't believe I'd forgotten about it. VERY glad to learn that they're still in business, still at the same location near the underpass.

I'll head over there this weekend. Don't have a watch-cap!
Beth

Hello Dan,
Thanks for the photos and 'blogs'. Just 'discovered' them and they're great!
You have a sharp eye for details...
John

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