FL Crooks & Co. is now celebrating its 117th anniversary in downtown Clarion. Owned and operated by Jim Crooks and his wife Lydia, the store offers 10,000 square feet of lifestyle clothing and shoes for both men and women with a limited selection of children's clothing and shoes as well. The store recently undertook an inside redesign with an the addition of an area dedicated to tailored made shirts for men and an in-house alteration room run by master seamstress Jenn.
Many of Crooks’ employees have been with the company for many years. Dar just celebrated her 33rd year with the company this past summer. Newly added to the personnel family at Crooks in the Men's department is Sam and Aiden and in the Women's department Jenna Colussey. The store has 7 full-time employees and 4 part-time employees. Crooks boasts over 100 years of combined clothing experience with its full-time employees!
The recovery from Covid-19 has been steady. Jim Crooks states that it is "very touching to receive the tremendous support that we have had from Oil City, Franklin and other area communities".
Outside, participating in Destination Clarion Downtown, the store has been instrumental in the beautification of Clarion in the planting of flowers and in the decorating of the town for Christmas.
Inside, FL Crooks & Co. features brand name clothing and shoes. The outdoor lifestyle lines of clothing which are especially popular include Patagonia, The North Face, Kuhl, Save the Duck, and prAna. Incredible shoe companies continue to sell well - Merrell, Salomon, Sorel, Olukai, Dansko, Naot, Birkenstock, Jambu, etc. Mavi jeans make a terrific denim selection.
Brighton jewelry continues to be a strong seller with their creative and well-made necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. And speaking of creativity, customers can choose a Brighton locket, email a picture, and it is printed and mounted inside the locket making it a very specialized gift for moms and grandmothers. The Women’s store also carries Pandora, Mariana, Katie Loxton, Alex & Ani, Ania Haie, and Stia jewelry.
FL Crooks & Co. is experiencing a growth in its online sales and expansion into new online markets, and expects this trend to continue throughout 2022.