Since Harper's opened its doors 90 years ago, we have aimed to provide our community and our customers with the best of the best. A big part of that commitment is a policy of extraordinary customer service provided by Brian, Anna, Rae, Kathleen, Jonathan, and Nathan. Free custom alterations by our head tailor Anna and her team are another part of our rich tradition. We believe in treating our customers like friends. That's not typical, but neither is Harper's.
Harper's was founded in a different era, before the rise of chain stores and mass merchandising made every store start to feel the same. We stay true to our specialty store tradition by hand-selecting every single item and designer line featured in the store. Our buying team searches markets worldwide for products that meet our standards of quality, style, and value. We aim to offer exclusive products - products that last - and we are continually adding more American-made pieces to our store.
Joe Cohen, who opened Young Men's Shop in 1926, which is now Harper's, had a tremendous influence on local sports as a leading spirit in behalf of
the activities of young people. His name has been associated with high school
activities with his alma mater — Altoona High School and Bishop Guilfoyle High
School with what we think is the oldest continuing high school athletic award in the
country. The Blanket Award is presented to the most valuable senior football player
in each high school and this year marks the 80th year for this unique award.
Bishop Guilfoyle High School honors Joe Cohen and the Blanket Award in October 2012.