New clothing business located at 'hidden gem' location

Wit Clothier in New Bern (Greg Payne, NewsChannel 12 photo)

NEW BERN, Craven County - A new business has opened in one of New Bern's historic buildings. It's a building that will bring you back to the 1800s.

"The house was occupied during the Civil ar by Massachusetts troops," said Ted Peterson, the manager of Wit Clothier in New Bern. "The man who built it was one of the first directors of the railroad, which is why there is a railroad that goes down Hancock Street because he lived in this building and wanted to see his trains go by."

Peterson said the building, which he said was listed under the National Register of Historic Places, changed ownership several times. For a couple of years, it was left vacant. But Peterson and his business partner recently created the custom clothing shop inside the historic building.

"We will bring you in and give you as many choices as you want as far as the material that you want the thread, the buttons, the lapel, the fit, all the way done to the way you want it," Peterson said.

Peterson said even though it's a new business, he's done everything to keep the historic feel, including designing his apparel after the historic building.

"You'll look at the ties, they have red stripe and then a stripe that's the fence that's in front of the house with the New Bern bear in between it," Peterson said.

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