Hunk is still open

Fans of premiere men’s clothing store HUNK Clothing (9 W. Walnut St., Asheville, 253-4044) may have noticed some changes lately. The store’s site has been undergoing construction for a month, with another month still to go before the updates are complete.

While owners Sara Legatski and Trevor Baker know the refurbishment will be exciting, they’re also aware that customers are confused. Rest assured: the boutique is open. Shop weekends through June and look for a reopening party in July. Legatski and Baker promise, “The store is chocked full of everything a man could want, from luggage to body care.”

—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter


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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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13 thoughts on “Hunk is still open

  1. tatuaje

    Agreed…and don’t forget about Honeypot…

    Me thinks we roll in the same circles entop…

  2. entopticon

    I don’t doubt it tatuaje. This is such an overlapping serendipitous community, which is one of the things I love the most about it.

    The Honeypot is a great place too. I don’t know Trevor well, but from what I know of him he really is an exceptionally sweet human being.

  3. entopticon

    It’s an independently owned, local men’s clothing store with cool stuff that’s run by nice people. I can’t really see what there isn’t to like, but to each their own.

  4. jen

    the brands are not local..they are mainstream corporate brands.
    it helps the owners make $ but isn’t really a good deal for local people searching for men’s clothing.
    not much different from a mall store owned by locals… and honestly honeypot is not really a good deal either. the handmade goods are so over-priced and that the average person cannot shop there.
    might as well open a GAP or JCrew

  5. entopticon

    Ummm, pretty creepy that you would just lie like that. One of my friends is a local clothing designer that sells her work at Hunk.

    Seriously, what kind of twisted person spends her time lying about and badmouthing small locally owned businesses?

    If cheap deals are the only thing you care about go shop at the sale rack at Walmart. If you think the owners of Hunk are getting rich off of selling people clothes you have your head up your you know what.

    It is completely ridiculous to compare the owners of small, locally owned businesses to the Gap and J Crew. For one thing the clothing is a hell of a lot cooler, and for another they sure as hell aren’t getting rich off it.

    Life is hard enough for small locally owned business without sanctimonious people trying to undermine them with ludicrous disinformation .

  6. tatuaje

    “…might as well open a GAP or JCrew.”

    uhhh, you’re kiddin’, right? right? next you’ll be posting that Malaprop’s sucks and that we might as well all buy our books from barnes -n- friggin’ noble…

    and Pisgah Brewery? screw ’em…budweiser is SO much better….

    see what we’re up against, Entop? sometimes i just wanna cry… or smack someone in the face… or smack someone who shops at the gap in the face and make THEM cry…

  7. jen

    go look at your own site…it lists the brands.
    silver…french connection…bed:stu…weSC..list goes on. Why not sell all local brands? Everyone is crying about local, local, local. It’s just funny to me because local isn’t local anymore. It just means Asheville. Doesn’t have to been locally made.

    Malaprops which = Renaissance Bookfarm Inc.
    Annual Sales=$4,300,000…they are not hurting at all and own 4 downtown businesses. I applaud their growth but I’m sure local is local until they sell out and go Fare. We’ve all seen it happen.

    I don’t care if people shop locally. Personally I don’t step 1000 feet in the vicinity of the Mall. I shop at Goodwill only. All I’m saying is funny that local business bring in goods from corporate brands and sell them to the locals when it is the same as any larger corporation selling the same. Just because someone buys from a distributor it makes it different? Uh. there is a large corporate name hanging at the end of that hook.

    It creates a influx of people that want much of same that is offered in big cities. Pushes out the locally produced goods. Everyone says..”oh, we sell the local designs”..but how much $ do they make in return compared to the whole sale clothes you buy? Not that much I would assume. The competition is too strong.

  8. [b]All I’m saying is funny that local business bring in goods from corporate brands and sell them to the locals when it is the same as any larger corporation selling the same.[/b]

    You might want to consider that a locally owned shop isn’t kicking its profits up to a corporate headquarters. Those profits go to the shop owners, who (we assume) live in town, (we hope) pay their staff a fair wage, buy locally and (ideally) support other local businesses. Yes, most of them buy some products from non-local corporations, but under a locally owned model, much more of the money is invested in the community, directly or indirectly.

  9. entopticon

    jen, that is some seriously self-righteous bs you are spouting. My friend, who is a single mother who is scraping to get by sells the clothes that she makes there.

    All small, locally owned businesses are bad unless they sell 100% locally made goods? What are you, 12 years old? I’m all for people selling as many locally made goods as possible, but your reasoning is profoundly naive.

    Your holier-than-thou rant is completely ignorant of the fact that small business owners like that are just trying to stay above water.

    You shop at Goodwill. Good for you, you support a chain that donates money to right-wing Christian causes.

    Seriously, if you think you are some sort of martyr for ignorantly attacking a small local business run by exceptionally kind people who are just trying to provide a service and survive, you are kidding yourself.

    Whether or not you are fond of their stuff, it is really pretty evil of you to spread bs about them. Pick on Sprawlmart if you need someone to direct your teenage angst at.

  10. tatuaje

    She did it…she went after Malaprop’s….although i’ll hand it to ya, you used a novel (pun intended) approach…they’re too successful! That’s what we want to see…successful independent businesses…

    I don’t care if people shop locally. Personally I don’t step 1000 feet in the vicinity of the Mall. I shop at Goodwill only.

    Wow… I would have to say that shopping locally is one of the most important choices a person can make in this day and age. For their wallets, for their neighbors’ wallets, for the local economy, for their health, for the environment, for human rights… I don’t really like the consumerist society that we find ourselves immersed in BUY BUY BUY BUY!, but most Americans feel entitled to consume resources (just read some of the posts in any MX forum) and if they insist on being good little consumers like they’re told, then local is the way to go for all of the reasons listed above.

    I buy used clothes, too. From thrift stores. (Entop, does Goodwill really throw a lot of money in that direction? I didn’t know. Thought they were helping people get jobs.) Can’t even remember the last time I bought new clothes. Ideally I would make my own, but, well, it’s kind of like growing my own food…Don’t have the skills or the time. But I know people who do. Kinda like Entop’s friend. People locally that I can buy from or, even better yet, barter with.

    And books? I devour books. I try to read only used books, but every now and again it’s nice to stay current. When Amy Goodman’s new book came out I decided to buy it right away. Because it’s about current events and to support her work. And so when I decided to buy her book, at the time not knowing she would be in Asheville soon, my choice of bookstore was easy. One that is local & independent. Where would you buy the same book? (Standing Up To the Madness)Seriously. If you have a better idea I’m down. If there’s a better place to buy books in the Asheville area, I would love to know. ‘Cause like I said, I devour the suckers…(And don’t get me wrong, I’m a card carryin’ member of the Buncombe Co. library…they rock…but sometimes it’s nice to pull a particular book of your own shelf)

    Wow…sorry ’bout the rant….this one just seems like a no-brainer…even travelah would agree…

  11. entopticon

    In fairness, I have heard that Goodwill supports right-wing Christian causes, but I could be wrong. I don’t really have anything against Goodwill. Used clothing is a great thing and I think that it is awesome foranon to wea as much as possible. My point was just that we all live in glass houses so to speak. I just get a little frustrated because too many Ashevillains focus their anger on the wrong people all too often.

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