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Tailor-Made for the Times: Kositchek’s Menswear

Wednesday, November 1, 2017  
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Kositchek's is undoubtedly known as the destination spot for high end fashion in Lansing. Even through downtown Lansing’s tough times, customers have always been willing to make the trip to the specialty store. Today, Kositchek’s is known for offering a complete package shopping experience and their reputation draws people from all over. This rich legacy has been built over more than 150 years, beginning back in 1865 when Henry Kositchek opened his brick and mortar millinery and dry goods business in Eaton Rapids.

“Henry built Kositchek’s around integrity with strict attention to service and product quality. Little did he know these values would help his business stand the test of time and sustain it through the next 150 years and beyond,” wrote general manager, Matt McLeod, in his pictorial history of Kositchek and its four generations.

As McLeod knows, “there aren’t many businesses that make it to 152 years,” and credits the store’s longevity to its willingness to change. Throughout its century and a half lifespan, different fashion and social trends have required the business to continue to evolve.

“One of the main things the store has always done as it’s evolved is that it’s changed with the times. Even though we’re an old store, we have very young merchandise. Mr. [Richard] Kositchek was always ahead of the curve. He had the wonderful gift of foresight and as a result, the store has always been more progressive,” said McLeod.

While styles may change, certain values stay the same. While Kositchek’s has always comfortably and willingly changed with the times, the foundation of quality and integrity that Henry established has remained constant, as the company refuses to compromise on their beliefs about service.

“The integrity. The quality of the merchandise. We’re very careful to maintain that,” said McLeod.

“To stay in business for 152 years, there’s a lot of integrity there by the family and the staff. It goes back again to the service and the continuity from all of the years of seeing the same faces and building relationships with people,” said McLeod.

This successful combination of continuous evolution and unwavering service has allowed Kositchek’s to remain a staple of Lansing for the last 150 years and the store intends to carry those values into the future as it hopes to usher in their next generation of customers.

“We get people that say their grandpa shopped here, or their dad, so we’re working with second and third generation people and it’s kind of fun to see that happening,” said McLeod.

“The young generation is very important. We’re bringing in a lot of new customers and that’s the key, bringing in new people. That’s the lifeline for the future, taking care of what you have but at the same time, adding to it.”

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