The put upon man

By Gayne C. Young
Photos by Robert G. Gomez
The walk-in humidor of Tabak Haus is lined with Spanish Cedar and electronically humidified.

Tabak Haus
109 S. Washington St. •

Have a smoke, drink, and great conversation.

Tabak Haus is one of the handful of business in Fredericksburg where a man can sit inside and enjoy a cigar.

Men can also sit on the outside deck.

Owner Bob Kreipe won’t mind where you sit.

Tabak Haus features a walk-in humidor stocked with over 30 brands of premium cigars, pipe tobacco, wine, beer, and spirits. There’s always someone interesting sitting in one of the time-distressed English pub chairs looking for conversation – usually another put upon man and always a sporting event on the widescreen TV.

Tabak Haus is a real haven from shopping


J.E. Cauthen & Sons Fine Sporting Arms
414 E. Main St. •

Let the hunt begin.

Located in the historic Kloth-Ludwig home on Main, J.E. Cauthen & Sons Fine Sporting Arms offers a selection of upper end bespoke firearms, knives, artwork, Western collectables, Tiffany sterling, furniture, antique walking canes, and more. The collection has been amassed over several generations and it attracts collectors, sportsmen, and visitors from the world over.


Texas Jack Wild West Outfitters
117 N. Adams St. •

This is how you play cowboy.
Texas Jack Wild West Outfitters caters to those in “the cowboy trade and to those who identify with the vitality and romance of our American Western heritage.” The store features a vast array of Cimarron firearms – most of which are replicas from the cowboy era and famous Western movies and TV series – Western clothing, knives, boots, and leather goods and books.

Texas Jack Wild West Outfitters serves as Cimarron Fire Arms Company show room.


Johnny Lee’s Something For Men
149 E. Main St.

The name says it all. Except for what they actually carry in-store or how they came to be.
“We started the store ‘cause we noticed a lot of guys in town being dragged around by the wives,” explains Dan Roming, Johnny Lee’s Something For Men. “We felt sorry for them so we opened an eclectic store just for men…although women like us too.”
Johnny Lee’s Something For Men carries a wide variety of hats, caps, boots, knives, briefcases, belts, wallets, luggage, special tools, card cases, pouches, watches, hunting and fishing gear, stools, art, koozies, and a whole lot more.

Johnny Lee’s carries a variety of leather good for men.


Headquarters Hats
122 E. Main St. •

Hang like a country music star.
What do you country music stars Brad Paisley, Neil McCoy, Ray Benson, Clay Walker have in common? They all frequent Headquarters Hats when in Fredericksburg to check out the latest in western wear. Headquarters carries Lucchese boots, Stetson and Resistol hats, the Stella Luna Concho belt line, and Jon Hart luggage, in short, anything for the properly outfitted man about any Hill Country town.


National Museum of the Pacific War
340 E. Main St. •

“We have been called the “Husband Drop Zone,” jokes Brandon Vinyard, the National Museum of the Pacific War’s director of marketing and public relations before explaining the real attraction of the museum.
He says, “The National Museum of the Pacific War tells the story of WWII in the Pacific.” It’s the only museum in the continental United States dedicated to WWII in the Pacific.
The complex sits on six acres, with three galleries and over 55,000 square feet of air-conditioned exhibit space. “
When I walk downtown on the weekends and see men sitting on benches out in the heat waiting, I always tell them I know where they can go cool off and see some really cool weaponry from WWII,” Vinyard says.

“While we encourage everyone to visit the museum, the $15 general admission ticket is a good deal for the wife or girlfriend looking to shop uninterrupted.” A day spent studying the Greatest Generation’s sacrifice and courage in the Pacific? What more could any man ask for?

Fredericksburg Brewing Company
245 E. Main St. •

Beer makes everything better.

Especially in the Burg where sidewalk consumption of alcohol is allowed.

So head on over to Fredericksburg Brewing Company.

The oldest brewpub in Texas and named by many publications as the best brewpub the Lone Star State has to offer, Fredericksburg Brewing Company has been in operation since 1994. They offer a wide variety of brewed-on-the-spot beers, excellent dining, a large air-conditioned biergarten, and most importantly beers to go. Because, again, alcohol consumption on the street is legal.