Holiday gift guide 2013

Find gifts with style at Combellack’s

By From page HGG13 | November 22, 2013

A gift of warmth and caring that will last a lifetime — there must be someone special on your Christmas list who would love the classic beauty and quality of a wool Pendleton blanket, a colorful cocoon of comfort that will make them think of you every time they brace against the cold of winter.

If you’ve thought of someone so deserving, visit Combellack’s at 339 Main St. in Placerville, where the store known for more than 100 years for high quality menswear has branched out to include equally admirable offerings for women, along with accessories such as the coveted blankets, which are priced at just over $200.

Veterans, in particular, might appreciate not only the Pendleton quality, but also the military-inspired designs of the blankets.

But don’t stop there. Men for years have been walking through the doors of Combellack’s, which was opened for the first time in 1898 by William Hill Combellack, and walking out looking dapper and set to take on the world.

“My husband Wilbur and I have shopped at Combellack’s for more than 50 years,” said Barbara Howe, 72, of Placerville. “Wilbur likes to get the Pendleton felt caps, they’re Italian and kind of like a golf cap. The quality of the clothes there, that’s the reason we keep coming back — that and the girls.”

“The girls” would be Janis and Gayle, daughters of Allan Combellack, who ran the store with his brother Robert beginning in 1946.

Gayle Combellack-Rohl began running the store in 1978, and was joined by her sister Janis five years later, in 1983. Their friendly, helpful style has been a trademark of Combellack’s for decades.

“Janis and Gayle personalize the service there and they’ve also been great about updating the inventory so that there’s so much more for women,” said Barbara.

If your list includes those who appreciate quality, Barbara said the selection of men’s sweaters is not to be missed and, again, she emphasized that the same fine workmanship can be found in the ladies’ sweaters as well.

As holiday parties and get-togethers beckon, Combellack’s also has several women’s party dresses that are up-to-date in style and feature simply stunning seasonal shades.

In addition to the stalwart Pendleton brand of shirts and other clothing, Combellack’s continues its mission of quality with such brands as Len, Kuhl, Brighton, Kiche, Woolrich and Tommy Bahama.

Once that perfect outfit has been put together with the helpful sales staff at Combellack’s, don’t forget to accessorize with snappy gloves, hats and scarves. And if you want to go all out for that holiday party, the store also rents striking tuxedos.

Combellack’s is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information call 530-622-2582.

Pat Lakey

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