Boyds Philadelphia was founded in 1938 by the Gushner brothers, whose father was a Russian immigrant whose corner business sold magazines, newspapers, and men’s dress shirts. His sons opened a small men’s wear store in Center City.
Today, Boyds no longer sells newspapers or cigars, but they do still offer men’s clothing. The company has expanded to include women’s clothing, hand tailored and customized clothing, as well as shoes and accessories, such as wallets, men’s and women’s fragrances, outerwear, and purses. In 2008, the company received the “Store of the Year” award from MR Magazine.
The company is still operated by the Gushner brothers, now the 4th generation to do so. The store and headquarters remain where they have been since 1990, on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. The store is undergoing major remodeling and is a late comer to the world of eCommerce, where they opened their on line site in 2017.