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.
Our history in Syracuse dates back! Business proceeded as usual for about 14 years until 1983, John Sr. started to notice a shift in most businesses transferring to suburban malls. This rise of suburban malls left John Sr. and his wife with a choice… to stay or conform to suburban mall society.
The Birth of J-Michael
Founders, John Sr. and his wife made the life changing decision to remain on their own, located near the college. They knew that J-Michael would be able to be a shining factor in the city of Syracuse, as college students can work the shop and wear stylish looks from brands all around the world. The name J-Michael originated from John Sr. and his wife’s one-year-old son at the time, John Michael. As a tribute to their son, John Sr. built a family business that could be passed down from generation to generation.
From a humble 300 square foot space filled with just shoes
J-Michael has now expanded to 3,000 square feet.
Today, J-Michael is no longer just shoes, over the years, J-Michael has begun to slowly integrate the best brands through accessories and apparel. Thus, making J-Michael your one-stop shopping location. With carefully curated domestic and European designs and fashions, J-Michael has been the place to shop for any and all students and residents of Syracuse.
We attribute our success to our long lasting relationships and loyalty from our current and future customers.
J-Michael is proud to provide a loving place of employment for the Syracuse students and their families to come visit and shop. We know that once you step into J-Michael and see our award-winning quality customer service, you will be sure to have a positive experience. Each time you pass through Syracuse, you will be able to spot J-Michael from our iconic green awning. Come in and say hi or shop all our stylish brands online!