New Investments in Historic Arlington

Apparel, Catering Businesses to Open in Depot Square

DSC_0164After 122 years, S.Y. Wilson and Company, for so many emblematic of Arlington’s Historic Depot Square, is leaving the Wilson family.

In May 2015, the Winstead family, Bobby, Kim and their children Robert and Shelby, purchased the iconic red brick building and name from Susan Wilson Hoggard.

Interestingly—and this is truly the mark of a small town—this isn’t the first time the Winstead and Wilson families have done business. Bobby Winstead bought 50 acres from Sam T. Wilson back in 1987 for Winstead Turf Farms.

But—no fear—S.Y. Wilson’s is not closing.

According to co-owner Kim Winstead, the newest incarnation of S.Y. Wilson and Company, will be ‘Outfitters for an Active Lifestyle.’ In addition to men’s and women’s clothing, the store will feature historical displays, the famous red rocking chairs outside, and local jams and jellies.

“It is a family affair,” Winstead explained adding that it combines their hobbies. “Shelby and I love Western wear; Robert is very athletic and is really into workout apparel; Bobby enjoys hunting and the outdoors, so we have a section for him.”

Winstead sees S.Y. Wilson’s as a destination for regional customers and plans to stock brands that are not found elsewhere and appeal to a wide range of shoppers. Vendors include: Mojo, Drake, Mountain Khaki, Hylete, Inov-8, Rokfit, Yeti, Tin Haul, Gypsy Soule, among others. A “S.Y. Wilson & Co.” line of clothing is also a possibility.

“We will let the store evolve as it grows and we see what our customers like and want,” she said. The store will only use the 5000 square foot ground floor at first, but can expand to the second floor in the future.

“We want to take baby steps and do it right,” Winstead said. “We want Susan and her family to be proud.”

The target opening date for the store is October 1. Renovations will start in the next two months and are estimated to last three months. Winstead said changes will be “minimal” and include adding an elevator, bathrooms, dressing rooms, and central heart and air. Memphis-based firm Design 500 is managing the interior design of the building.

Across the square, Pink Flamingo Catering (previously known as Charm City Catering) will be moving into yellow house at 11982 Mott Street. After two years of operating out of Stonebridge Golf Course in Lakeland, owner Amber Lovell was ready to move out on her own.

A native of Hernando, Mississippi, Lovell was attracted to basing her catering operations in Arlington because of its small-town feel and convenient access to her customers across the Memphis area. “Arlington reminds me of my hometown,” she said. “I liked the way people are supportive of each other and the community.”

With six years of catering experience under her belt, Lovell still credits her grandmother for introducing her to good home cooking. She finds her inspiration for what she calls “real food, made from real ingredients” in the Sunday dinners of her childhood, complete with homemade biscuits and chocolate gravy.

But, she confesses that hors d’oeuvres are probably her favorite menu item to make. “I like the variety that you can get by tinkering with tiny things,” she said.

Lovell plans to open in her new location by the end of June. Pink Flamingo plans to offer full-service off-site catering for corporate meals, weddings, and social events, as well as meals to go. Lovell has plans to expand by Spring 2016 into offering lunch service at the Mott Street location.

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