Sunday’s Best carries a full assortment of church and formal wear for men and women. The store features a complete selection of suits, dresses, fashion accessories and jewelry. Sunday’s Best also carries what many have called the Twin Cities best assortment of women’s dress and formal hats.
“We really like making our customers look and feel good about themselves,” stated owner Phyllis Gilliam, who, along with her husband Pastor Leo Gilliam, manages the store’s daily operations.
Owner’s Tie to the Neighborhood Spans Decades...
Since 2000, the store’s previous locations have been Frogtown destinations for church and formal wear. However, Phyllis’s personal ties to the University and Dale intersection began in the 1970s.
“When I was 15, my mother Sarah, a single parent with 12 children, moved my brothers, sisters and I from Kansas City to a house on St. Anthony and Victoria. Kansas City was going through some tough times and she was in search of a better place to raise her kids,” stated Phyllis. “I still remember going to Tiger Jack’s shack and purchasing candy. For me as a kid, our new neighborhood offered so much more.”
However, just a few blocks to the northeast of Phyllis’s new home, University Avenue was in a state of decline.
“University and Dale was not a nice place back in the’70s with the Faust Theater, adult bookstores and prostitution. My mother was very a strong woman. She was not going to stand by and allow what happened in Kansas City take place in her new neighborhood.”
In response to the neighborhood’s decline, Sarah mobilized a group of residents to protest outside adult-oriented businesses. “She and her group were out there rain or shine every other night for nearly 7 years in hopes of discouraging people from supporting those businesses,” added Phyllis. “My mother’s group would also positively interact with the young ladies in hopes that they would find a better way of life.”
Looking back at her mother’s efforts, Phyllis feels that a strong force has led her and Leo to open on University and Dale. “I believe it is fate for me to be here. My mother was perhaps protesting in prophecy knowing that one day her daughter was going to be running her business in the same location.”
Owners Phyllis and Pastor Leo Gilliam are excited about their new store. “We’re very happy to be a part of the Frogtown Square project and look forward to helping our neighbors look their best,” stated Phyllis.
Frogtown Square is a mixed-use development that features affordable senior apartments and retail space. The partners in the project include Episcopal Homes of Minnesota, Meyer Contracting, Benson-Orth Construction and NEDU, LLC—a collaboration that includes Model Cities, Inc., Neighborhood Development Center, Greater Frogtown CDC, and Aurora St. Anthony Neighborhood Development Center.
“The building is a beautiful addition to the University-Dale neighborhood and the developers did a great job designing our store.”
Located at 601 University Avenue, University at Dale, Sunday’s Best is open Tuesday-Thursday, 10–6, Friday, 10–8 and Saturday, 10–6. For more information, interested parties can contact Phyllis or Pastor Leo at 612.236.5696.