Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman gets ready to enter Samuel's Tuxedo and Gifts in downtown Jefferson City on November 17, 2021 (photo courtesy of Samuel's)

Samuel’s Tuxedo and Gifts in downtown Jefferson City to sell in January

Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman gets ready to enter Samuel’s Tuxedo and Gifts in downtown Jefferson City on November 17, 2021 (photo courtesy of Samuel’s)

The oldest full-service formal wear store in mid-Missouri will have a new owner in January.

Cole County Presiding Commissioner Sam Bushman and his wife Linda are selling Samuel’s Tuxedo and Gifts to businesswoman Hannah Spalding.

“We’re not any younger anymore, so I am going to run for another term as (Cole County) presiding commissioner and my wife works at the (Missouri) Capitol and runs one of the senator’s offices,” Bushman says.

Linda Bushman runs Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden’s (R-Columbia) Capitol office in Jefferson City.

Bushman says Ms. Spalding will focus on tuxedos, which means other clothing, toys and Christmas collectibles will go away in January.

“That all costs money, so you’re better to just do one or two things to start with than to put your finger in too many pies,” says Bushman.

Mr. Bushman tells 939 the Eagle that he and his wife will still be around at Samuel’s after the sale, to assist Ms. Spalding in learning the trade.

Numerous Missouri governors in both parties have shopped at Samuel’s over the years, to get their tuxedos.

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