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PITTSBURGH — Over the years, Chas Schaldenbrand has rubbed shoulders with lawyers, business executives and celebrities. He founded Heinz Healey's men's apparel store in 1988.

He discussed where the store's name came from and which business adages really hold true.

PG: How did you get started in the clothing business?

A. Well, I started out in shoes in upstate New York, Chicago. When I came to Pittsburgh, we got involved with Station Square. [Former Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation President] Arthur Ziegler wanted a men's clothing store. Couldn't get one so he asked us to do it, and we got started with it 33 years ago.

PG: Where did the Heinz Healey name come from?

A. That's my oldest son. That's his name. Heinz is his first name. Healey, which is a family name for my wife, is his middle name.

 

PG: You've been in the business a long time. What are some of the biggest changes you've seen in men's clothing over the years?

A. Well, men are not required to dress like they did when I started. We had Hughes and Hatcher. IBM [employees] would come in and get their shoes shined and tie their ties right, wear hats. That all has seemed to change over the years.

There are still a lot of occupants that still have to do suits. Lawyers have to do suits when they go to court. So it's still a suit business. It's just not like it was back in the day.

PG: In this day of Amazon and online shopping, how does a specialty men's store like yours stay in business and thrive?

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