Michael Kidd, the owner of the oldest continuously operating business in Charlottesville and the only men’s and boys’ clothing store on the Downtown Mall, died Oct. 6. He was 70 years old.
Kidd started working at the aptly named Men’s and Boys’ Shop when he was 12 years old, eventually taking ownership of the store and running it for the past 48 years.
Friends and family, customers and colleagues remember Kidd as a character, the sort of shopkeeper who never met a stranger.
“I worked with him for a long time,” his great-nephew Logan Kidd told The Daily Progress. “He had the biggest personality. He’d remember everything about you.”
Logan Kidd will be taking over ownership of the store alongside another store employee Kyle Davis.
The Men’s and Boys’ Shop has stayed alive for 103 years, Logan Kidd said, there’s no reason it can’t survive.
“The store will be staying open indefinitely under Kyle and Logan with the intent to keep the legacy going another 100 years,” they posted on Facebook after Michael Kidd’s death. “Thank you all for your kind words and your support in this time.”
Michael Kidd is survived by his wife Becky, brother Donald and two half-sisters Betty White and Peggy Mawyer, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Logan Kidd said that a memorial is scheduled for noon Saturday at Teague Funeral Home at 2260 Ivy Road west of Charlottesville.
Michael Kidd was “a lover of all animals and always enjoyed the company of his Maine Coons and other feline friends,” his obituary reads.
His family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Cat Action Team of Charlottesville.