In 2015 Radcliff Menge and his wife, Mary, both former attorneys, founded sporting-apparel company Tom Beckbe in Mountain Brook, Alabama, just outside Birmingham. (Tom Beckbe is a play on the colonial name for Alabama’s Tombigbee River.) Quickly the company became known for its signature waxed-canvas hunting jackets, which are lined with cotton twill that has been dyed with red clay found along the Tombigbee. Since then the couple has expanded its business by adding a growing assortment of men’s and women’s apparel and accessories and opening an outpost location in historic Wilson, Arkansas. This past August the couple took the next step by opening a flagship store in Mountain Brook.
The new store occupies 1,300 square feet and includes a cocktail bar and a glass-encased “Workshop,” where brass plates are custom engraved for outerwear, bags and accessories and where the staff can produce made-to-measure hunting vests. The back storeroom, affectionately known as the “Loading Dock,” features a custom bar with private lockers for customers’ favorite spirits—to be enjoyed while shopping or attending in-store events.
“We wanted to create an immersive space for our customers in Alabama and beyond to check out our full assortment,” Radcliff Menge said. “We also wanted to have a dedicated venue for hosting all of the great folks in the sporting community we meet around the country. This is more than just a store: It’s a place for sportsmen and women to congregate, share their experiences and enjoy the finer elements of the sporting lifestyle.”
For more information, visit tombeckbe.com.