The story of H. Stadiem Duprees is a generational one, the story of a business handed down to sons over the span of a century. Its building is a landmark, proudly standing in Kinstons downtown on the same spot where Hyman Stadiem first opened a clothing store in 1903.
The Greensboro native, barely out of his teens, chose Kinston for its potential and for its central location among eastern North Carolina towns.
In 1934, just as the country was rounding the corner of the Great.. Depression, Hyman handed control of the store to his younger sons Jacob & David.
H. Stadiem began to expand by building back into the alley, then gradually absorbing empty buildings on either side of the original.
The stores 35,000 square feet hold a large selection of mens, boys, and infant apparel, infant furniture, and shoes for the entire family.
Though the store is looking ahead, it has also retained its Boy Scout uniform items and camping gear. H. Stadiem has been a distributor for the Scouts since 1920, and one can easily imagine a father of that era bringing in a son to be fitted for a scout uniform or his first suit, and that son coming back with his own child, years later.
Weve had a nice loyal following over the years, says Hyman Stadiem. We now have a fourth generation trading with us.
H Stadium has been located in Kinston since I was a chid. It's been a local family owned and operated store since it's beginning. They mainly sell a lot of mens clothing, but do have clothing for women too. Again, another unique place that still offers alterations if needed with a seamstress right on the premises that will fit your clothes.
Posted: 5/31/2008 • Link to this review