There are some things you just take for granted and assume are going to be around forever. On Dec. 2, walking down Main Avenue, I saw something that stopped me flat-footed.
Hogans Store, a Durango institution and one of the most successful stores in the citys history, was closing.
As a kid, I remembered listening to its ads on the radio, Hogans, the small store with the big stock and the low overhead! And it was true.
This was a family-run business, and the Hogan family took it seriously. Grandma Hogan used to live upstairs and did the books. Everyone in the family worked there at one time or another, and they treated their customers like family, too.
There arent many places you can walk into, talk for a bit, tell them you need a pair of jeans and they dont even have to ask what size. At Hogans, theyd just pull your pair off the shelf and wrap them in that famous brown paper.
The store has been there 81 years. Mickey has been there for 55 of those, Jerry for 50 and Jim for 40. Theyve decided its time.
Their customers and friends, both locals and tourists, will miss this last-of-its-kind store in Durango. They have helped make the community a better and friendlier place.
I stopped in for their sale to say thanks. Everyone in the family who lives in town was working the sale. And I just had to buy a last pair of jeans.
They will be missed.