From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2012
Contact: Lee Nichols, 512-463-0126

Penner's Men's Store Is a Texas Treasure

(Austin) — State Senator Leticia Van de Putte is pleased to announce that the Texas Historical Commission has given yet another Texas Treasure Business Award to a deserving District 26 business.

Senator Van de Putte will present the award at Penner's, 311 W. Commerce, 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 7. News media are invited.

Penner's Men's Store has been serving well-dressed men in San Antonio since 1916, when it was founded by Morris Penner, a Jewish immigrant from Poland, and his sons Sam and Max. The sons had a dream to make their store the largest distributor of authentic Guayabera shirts, a dream that has come true with the internet sales instituted by Sam's grandson Matt Penner.

Penner's Guayaberas are made specifically for Penner's in the city of Merida, in the Mexican state of Yucatan.

"I'm so proud to have Penner's in my district," said Senator Van de Putte. "Their Guayaberas are a fixture in San Antonio, yet another icon that gives our city a distinctive style.

"Penner's has served four generations of my family," Van de Putte added. "My grandfather, father, brothers, and now my sons have all shopped there. I'm sure many other San Antonio families can say the same."

The "Texas Treasure Business Award" was created under Senate Bill 920, authored by Senator Van de Putte in the 79th Texas Legislative Session. This award honors businesses that have been in existence in Texas for over 50 years and that have remained committed to Texas for generations by creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. The Texas Historical Commission was selected to administer this tribute.