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Tiger Paw to offer vintage apparel

By Michael Butler

With high school football kicking off next week, it's time to sport your school colors.

Tiger Paw in downtown Tallassee has been providing custom apparel since 1985.

Recently, store owner Brent Tennyson acquired some classic screenprints from Brantley Signs. Some date back to the 1980s.

Everyone loves a throwback, so Tennyson is incorporating the look with his apparel line just in time for the season.

"All of this is actually history," said Tennyson. "One has the 1987 state champions on it."

The '87 title is one of seven state baseball championships won by Tallassee High School from 1986-1998.

A truckload full of screenprints

There are about 100 pieces featuring primarily Tallassee sports logos from recreational leagues to the varsity level.

"They're still in good shape," Tennyson added. "We're going to print some. It's just cool."

There are ties to Tallassee football with Ronnie Brantley and his late father Ronald that go back decades. The signage on the walls that aligns J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium was painted by Brantley Signs. Ronnie even donned the Tally the Tiger costume as the team mascot in the 1980s.

Tallassee opens the season vs. Reeltown at O'Brien Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 7 p.m.

Tiger Paw is located 101 South Ann Avenue and open from at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Hours are from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.