About The Shirt Shop

Welcome to The Shirt Shop

The Shirt Shop has been providing traditional clothing with all the elements of current styles since 1979. Store owner and founder, Charles Spurlin, opened the business with one principle in mind: offer premium products that people love and provide exceptional customer service to everyone who passes through the doors. For 43 years, Charles, his wife Laura, and their expert staff operated The Shirt Shop with that founding philosophy. In February 2022, Charles sold the store to Bethany Triplett, an employee who worked with him for 8 years. Now, in addition to our historic brick-and-mortar location in beautiful downtown Tuscaloosa, we’re proud to offer premium products here on the website to our many customers from all around the U.S.A. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, or just have questions about something you see, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We hope you enjoy your shopping experience here, and we look forward to seeing you in the store soon!


History of The Shirt Shop

Charles founded The Shirt Shop in August of 1979 during his last year at The University of Alabama. Needing the funding to get going, he used his mother's signature to borrow $5,000 from a local banker and then ventured out in the clothing business.  From its original location in downtown Tuscaloosa, The Shirt Shop began cultivating a customer base around town built on providing top of the line traditional clothing while attending to the individual needs of each customer. As the company grew, so did the need for a larger space, and in 1999 The Shirt Shop relocated to its current home at 525 Greensboro Avenue. As intertwined with downtown Tuscaloosa as The Shirt Shop is, the building that it calls home is as much a part of town as maybe anything else currently standing. Construction on the building’s basement began in 1830 with fieldstone pulled from the banks of the Black Warrior River, and today we call the building home in its beautifully finished form, next door and around the corner from all of downtown's premier locations.  We look forward to serving our customers, here and in downtown Tuscaloosa, for many more years with the commitment to provide premium clothing and unmatched service. 


About Elephant Wear

It’s no secret that people around Tuscaloosa and the entire state are crazy about the Crimson Tide. Well, so are we! It’s for this reason that we were the first business in town to design our very own, customized game day elephant for our Elephant Wear line. Every Crimson Tide fan wants to wear their team colors and sport the team logo and mascot.  Our custom-designed Elephant Wear logo is the perfect way to show your support of the Alabama Crimson Tide. In addition to The Shirt Shop’s custom brand of clothing, Elephant Wear is available on the brands you love, such as Peter Millar, Cutter & Buck, Johnnie O, The Shirt Shop Wrinkle Free, and Aftco. It is important to us to give back to UA, which is why all products sold with the officially licensed Elephant Wear logo and UA “Script A” supports The University of Alabama and their scholarship programs. Get Game Day Ready at The Shirt Shop with Elephant Wear – The Original Game Day Elephant!

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