For 47 years, Ron and Pat McCloud have proudly held the honor of having the longest running business in Dunsmuir.
He was a banker from the Bay Area looking for a special place to raise his family. Ron’s affection for Dunsmuir was such that he took his time selling the Dunsmuir True Value Hardware Store, waiting for the right buyer.
He found that buyer in Jake and Nova Gress.
Jake and Nova lived in McCloud and started their family there, two of the boys live there still with their grandson. They always wanted to return to be closer to their family.
Jake has been a contractor in California and Idaho for 23 years, since 2000, a vocation uniquely suiting him for being a hardware store proprietor. Nova’s background in bookkeeping is a valuable asset for the successful management of their business.
Jake says he hasn’t run a hardware store before, but is retaining the employees, Dylan Brockman and Kevin Tinsky, to teach him what he needs to know and to continue the tradition of excellent customer service with a hometown feel.
Ron, when asked for some words of wisdom, returned a blank stare! How do you sum up your life in a couple of words?
In recognition of the McClouds years of service to our business community, the Dunsmuir Chamber sponsored a retirement party on Saturday January 14 at POPS Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 5819 Sacramento Avenue.