Biz Buzz:
Surplus City ending 61-year run

       Saturday, June 24 will be the last day for the Surplus City store, 2732 W. Colorado Ave. A fair amount of items remained unsold going into the last
week for the 61-year-old Surplus City. The final day, prior
to an auction, will be Saturday, June 24, according to owner Dave Lippincott.
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       Owner Dave Lippincott sent a letter last week to the media thanking his customers and employees and stating that until the 24th, “I have asked our salespeople to forget about the pricetags on everything left in the store and to accept all reasonable offers.”
       All items remaining after the store closes will be auctioned off July 8, he said.
       “The store lasted 61 years, but events of the past 5 have conspired to put it out of business - the population shift to the east, the drought, fires and terrorism scares which discouraged tourists from visiting our city, the absence of our soldiers, and lastly, the public love affair with the big-box importers,” wrote Lippincott, who owned Surplus City for 21 of those years after buying it from its originators, the Chambon family, in 1985.
       In the store this week, clerk Isabel Silva said she was “sad” about the closing. “I like working here,” she said.
       She remembers coming to Surplus City at its former Cucharras Street location when she was just a child, and she had worked at the store previously 10 years ago. “It's interesting,” she said. “You meet people from all over the world.”
       The opening of the “Dust in the Wind” show at Elements Art Gallery will be Friday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
       The show will include new works in clay by Elements owner Alicia Griggs, as well as raku by Jen and John Ellis and Jeremiah Houck, and Majolica paintings on porcelain by Lorrainne Sheppard. All of these artists plan to be on hand for the show, which will continue through Aug. 23.
       The gallery is at 2616 W. Colorado Ave.

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