We met over five years ago through mutual friends. We have a friend who plays music around town, and we would see each other when we’d be out at his shows. We connected, and quickly became inseparable.
What’s your engagement story?
The day we got engaged, Ross knew that he was going to hit a milestone for (his business) Him Gentleman’s Boutique that he’s been striving for. He knew it was the perfect cover to plan a beautiful evening at Jeff Ruby’s without giving away that he would be popping the question. After an incredible dinner with no cell phones and no distractions and the best conversation, he got down on one knee and proposed. The night was absolutely perfect. We decided to keep the moment to ourselves and not share until the following evening so the night was just for us.
Any wedding plans you can share?
As of right now, we are leaning towards a destination ceremony with immediate family and then coming back thome to host a big party to celebrate with all the incredible people in our lives.
Can you explain the unique professional relationship you have with one another?
We are so intertwined in each other lives and work. Ross is my number one fan and I am his. We both were each other’s push to take the risk and open our own businesses. Him Gentleman’s Boutique and Mane Alley Color & Extension Bar, my Salon, are attached in the same location in New Albany. Ross allowed me to take over the back 500 square feet of the store to open my dream salon with an entrance from the alley. Our conversations are so much about the futures and goals of where we see ourselves and and our businesses that it keeps us motivated and constantly striving for the impossible dream.
New Albany men’s boutique offers apparel and enjoyable shopping experience for fellas of all ages
PHOTOS BY MATT SIMPSON | MODEL: ROSS WALLACE | CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES: HIM GENTLEMAN’S BOUTIQUE
When Todd Sharp and Ross Wallace opened Him Gentleman’s Boutique in downtown New Albany, they sought out to give men a comfortable experience designed just for them – something women have enjoyed for eons.
Based in the former J.O. Endris Jewelers building at 314 Pearl St., Him features a leather couch and television usually fixed on a sports channel, brick walls and original albeit repurposed fixtures – like the nearly 100-year-old stairs to the basement that are now used to display boots.
New fashions and accessories arrive weekly and vary from casual to dressy attire. The boutique also carries a number of great gifts for the men in your life. (Oh, and don’t forget to ask about Saxx, a line of men’s boxers Ross and Todd swear are life-changing.)