The second installment of my historical series, “Threshold to History” debuted Friday, and this time I’m taking you into one of the oldest family-owned businesses in Colorado.
Benge’s Shoe Store has been in Grand Junction since 1911, and one of the cool parts about the place is that the owners have retained a lot of the original structural elements, as well as shoes and tools that were used “back in the day.”
Some things to look for next time you’re shopping downtown, or just strolling along Main Street:
When I interviewed the current owner, Bruce Benge, he noted that shoe fashion is somewhat cyclical. Styles that you see now are similar to styles you might have seen 40 years ago. One style that definitely isn’t coming back soon? Button-up boots. You can find examples of these boots (with tiny buttons) in the store – it’s a style that must have slowed down a lady’s morning routine considerably.
To learn even more about the history of Benge’s, check out the entire story by clicking here. And to further your Grand Valley education, click here to see the first installment of “Threshold to History.”
Leave your thoughts about what I should explore next!
Behind the Scenes:
Now, if you caught our morning show live today, let me know what you thought! It was my first time putting what’s called a “stand-up” in the story, while at the same time being in the studio to introduce the story.
The “stand-up” is where I show up in the middle of the story to give you information in person. But since I also went live on the show to introduce the story, it might have seemed funny to see me twice (wearing two different outfits, and, admittedly, sporting two different hair cuts).
What did you think? Was it helpful or distracting? Do you have any questions about how the show works?
Leave your comments and questions here, and I look forward to the conversation!