New fashions on Monroe Street
Theresa and Willie Johnson at His and Hers Fashions on Monroe Street.
The Johnsons have a large inventory of summer dresses.
The boutique has a selection of shoes for women.
Some of the jewelry in the shop.
One day a few months ago, Willie and Theresa Johnson visited Downtown and noticed there wasn’t any place for a man or a woman to buy casual clothes. They decided to change that.

The couple found a storefront they liked and opened His and Hers Fashions at 42 W. Monroe St., near the Main Library.

Willie is a Jacksonville native and former sheet metal worker. He remembers when Downtown was the city’s center for retail and had always dreamed of having a clothing store.

“I grew up shopping Downtown. Opening the store is like a flashback,” he said.

Theresa is originally from St. Louis, Mo., and worked as a deli and bakery department manager at Winn-Dixie before becoming a fashion entrepreneur.

“People who work Downtown live all over Jacksonville. We wanted to give them a place to shop. By selling men’s and women’s clothes, everybody can be a customer,” she said.

The boutique specializes in casual fashions for men and women. There’s also a selection of clothing necessities like socks and underwear.

Jewelry, accessories, sunglasses and skin-care products are on display.

They’ve been open just a few weeks.

Theresa said her job is to keep up with what the market wants and current fashion trends.

“Right now, we have a lot of long sundresses. Women were walking by in heels and coming in and asking if we had flat shoes, so we brought in flat shoes,” she said.

After beginning the store as a two-person operation, the Johnsons are looking forward to a time when they can hire staff to help with customers.

“We want to help create jobs Downtown,” said Theresa.

His and Hers Fashions is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The shop is open until 9 p.m. for First Wednesday Art Walk.



Friday, April 13
Jacksonville Landing Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Landing
Info: 353-1188

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra: “The Life and Times of Beethoven”
11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Times-Union Center
Info: jaxsymphony.org

Jacksonville Suns vs. Chattanooga Lookouts
7:35 p.m.
The Baseball Grounds
Info: jaxsuns.com

Movies in the Park: “Despicable Me”
8 p.m.
Wyndham Riverwalk Lawn
Info: downtownjacksonville.org

Josh Gracin in Concert
9 p.m.
Info: mavericksatthelanding.com

Saturday, April 14
Riverside Arts Market
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Northbank Riverwalk Artists Square
Info: riversideartsmarket.com

Team Hope’s Walk for Huntington’s Disease
1 p.m.
The Landing
Info: hdsa.org

“The Science of Music”
2 p.m.
The Mast in Concert
7:30 p.m.
Museum of Science & History
Info: themosh.org

Jacksonville Suns vs. Chattanooga Lookouts
6:05 p.m.
The Baseball Grounds
Info: jaxsuns.com

Guns N’ Hoses
6:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Arena
Info: jaxevents.com

Ben Folds with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
8 p.m.
Times-Union Center
Info: jaxsymphony.org

Sunday, April 15
Bank of America Family Free Day and ArtFusion
Noon-4 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Info: mocajacksonville.org

First Coast Tax Day
Tea Party
2-5:30 p.m.
The Landing
Info: firstcoastteaparty.org

100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the
RMS Titanic
3 p.m.
Jacksonville Maritime Museum
Info: 355-1101

Daughtry in Concert
7:30 p.m.
Times-Union Center
Info: jaxevents.com

Monday, April 16
“Strange Matter”
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Museum of Science & History
Info: themosh.org

Van Halen in Concert
7:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Arena
Info: jaxevents.com

Tuesday, April 17
Downtown Walking Tour
10 a.m.
The Landing
Info: adlibtours.com
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