Our History in Syracuse

Our story starts years before the wonderful store you see today opened. In 1969, John Senior and his wife opened up Townsend Shoe Store. A store for women’s shoes located in historic downtown Syracuse. Business proceeded as usual for about 14 years until 1983, John Sr. started to notice a shift in most businesses transferring […]

Vans the Story of Rebellion

Off the Wall! Born on the sunny west coast in the 1960’s, Vans was made to be iconic. Created from the rebellious minds of the Van Doren brothers, the simple concept of a waffle sole shoe and canvas upper material quickly became a staple in the skateboarding industry. Over the course of the next few […]

The Story of the North Face Clothing Brand

Never Stop Exploring  Before North Face, backpacking almost ceased to exist. The idea of camping was accomplished solely through packing and lugging all your equipment. When North Face arrived on the scene in the 1960s, the outdoor brand provided a new way for people to explore.  Learn More about The North Face Founded by Douglas […]

The Best Outerwear for Syracuse Winters

As New Yorkers, we know how to handle the cold. A fourth of each year, Syracuse hits an average low temperature of 18 degrees fahrenheit and an average high of 32 degrees fahrenheit. But that’s not all, the tip of the iceberg is that Syracuse is known as the snowiest city in the United States, […]

Spring 2023 Fashion Outlook

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JMichael’s goal is to always have the latest trends and most stylish pieces from the brands that you love. Whether you care about trends or not, we got you covered with the latest designs and fashion that will have you looking good every season. Let’s take a look at some trends that are going to […]

How Patagonia Revolutionized the Clothing Business

The Birth of Patagonia Officially created in 1973, Patagonia was founded on the foundation that they build the best products that cause no unnecessary harm to the environment, and use their company to implement environmental solutions. Founder Yvon Chouinard, embodied the iconic outdoor brands mission, when he first initiated the movement of ‘clean climbing’ to […]

Birkenstock: Not Just for Hippies Anymore

The Shoes of Free Spirits Dating all the way back to the 1770’s, Birkenstock was born to withstand the test of time. With orthopedic foundations, the classic shoe brand embodies premium functionality, high-end craftsmanship, and uncompromising quality. At the start, the Birkenstock founders knew that their goal was to offer optimal range of movement and […]

A Look Through the Lens

Ray-Bans through the Decades Born in the great state of New York in 1936, Ray-Bans launched their first pair of aviation ‘anti-glare’ lenses designed to protect the eyes of the U.S. Aviation American pilots. By the second World War a photo of General Douglas MacArthur sky rocketed the Aviation glasses to fame, even gaining popularity […]

Five Must Have Meals in Syracuse

You won’t have a problem going from street to street looking to try new restaurants, but JMichael has you covered, check out our Five Favorite Must Have Meals in Syracuse: