Hot Date: Aqualads, shrimp and grits at Julian’s celebration

If you're around Selwyn Avenue Saturday night and find The Aqualads surfer band rocking in a parking lot and shrimp and grits and barbecue sandwiches being served up, must mean one thing:

Longtime Charlotte haberdasher Bruce Julian is celebrating Father's Day and the opening of his new store.

Julian, known for his fine men’s clothing and fun, quirky stores, opened his new Bruce Julian Clothier store at 2913 Selwyn in January after 15 years at The Arboretum in south Charlotte.

The new store has a bar in the back – just to the right of the putting green – where Julian is known to serve up a fine Bruce Julian Bloody Mary (you can buy his mix there, too).

Since opening his first Charlotte store uptown in 1977, Julian’s thrived in the family business. He’s a son of the late Chapel Hill haberdasher Milton Julian, nephew of the late Maurice Julian, who ran a competing clothing store in Chapel Hill, and first cousin to famed designer Alexander Julian.

Julian learned the tricks of drawing customers from his father, inventor of the “Two-Fer” sales, which Julian still uses.

For Saturday’s celebration Julian has bought a bunch of beer and wine, and will be serving up his own shrimp and grits (made to the specifics of his own invention) and pulled pork sandwiches until they run out.

So if you’re around between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., stop by. Everyone’s invited.

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