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FRIENDS & CUSTOMERS
FOR 68 YEARS OF LOYALTY & FRIENDSHIP
A LEGEND IN HIS OWN STYLE
A LEGEND IN HIS OWN STYLE
Getzel's: Tailored for Tradition
It’s a familiar store on Leesburg’s Main Street. For 67 years later, Getzel’s has kept the men in the area looking stylish.
The phone rang constantly at Getzel’s Department Store on a recent weekday morning while two men took turns being assisted by owner Freddie Mularsky. One customer wanted a white suit for his sister’s funeral; the other came for a black tuxedo for the Black and White Ball in The Villages.
Freddie, 57, gives his undivided attention just like his late parents Getzel and Betty Mularsky did when they opened the popular store Feb. 1, 1950.
The 127 W. Main St. shop in downtown Leesburg specializes in ethnic clothing and men’s apparel of pants, suits, jackets, ties, shirts, shoes, hats, socks and accessories, yet it has a nostalgic feel—the same cash register and décor from when Freddie’s parents and brother Melvin ran the store.
“I love helping people,” Freddie says. “I love the memories—people coming in and telling me about my parents and my brother.”
his deceased family members being pleased the business lives on.
Getzel’s has remained in the same location for 67 years while other department stores that once were on Main street—Penney’s, Sears, Woolworth’s, McCrory’s—all left downtown decades ago.
“I hope my mom, dad, and my brother Melvin are happy because I’m still trying to please them,” Freddie says.
It would have been easy for him to closeup shop since he’s a retired schoolteacher who taught for 30 years, including 18 of these at Leesburg High School before ending his career at Tavares Middle School.
“Running Getzel’s is not as easy as teaching school,” says Freddie, who happily continues the traditions his parents started, including giving away socks with every pair of shoes purchased.
“We have been doing that for 67 years; we have given away hundreds of thousands of socks,” he says.
“I’m impressed,” says first-time customer Mel McLaughlin of The Villages, and a member of Sophisticated Gents. “My friend, Art, bought his tux here and he recommended Getzel’s to me.”
Freddie credits customers from The Villages for boosting business while Freddie’s son, Nathan, 29, says being in Getzel’s is special. “It brings back memories of my grandfather,” he adds.
RABBI GETZEL MULARSKY
GETZEL'S DEPARTMENT STORE
Rabbi Getzel Mularsky
Husband, Father, Grandfather,
& Store Founder
In 2018, GETZEL'S celebrates
68 years of providing
excellent clothing, at excellent prices,
in Historic Downtown Leesburg Florida
Getzel & Betty Celebrate their 50th
at Temple Beth Sholom