Closing shop

Longtime Phippsburg welding and plumbing store going out of business

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— After working in her husband's welding and plumbing supply store for nearly 36 years, Louise Iacovetto is closing the store's doors.

"I'm sure this is going to be bittersweet for me," she said. "Right now I don't have the time to think how it will affect me."

Iacovetto and her husband, Raymond, began working in the store more than three decades ago. Raymond Iacovetto had worked in his parents' store since before then, an establishment his family started in Phippsburg in 1918.

After Raymond Iacovetto's recent death, Louise Iacovetto decided it was time to sell the business and try something else. The store, simply called Ray Iacovetto's Store, is off Colorado Highway 131 in Phippsburg. It will close Sept. 14.

Until then, Louise Iacovetto is planning to keep regular hours from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to move some of the leftover stock at a discounted rate.

"I am giving everyone a 20 percent discount," she said. "The locals have done a pretty good job coming in so far, but we still got a lot of stuff."

The store - which supplied the town for years with plumbing pumps before the town got water and sewer systems - still has some of the old water pumps along with a variety of other things like motors, barrel pumps, irrigation pumps, assorted Meyer's pump parts, vice jaws, a gauge set, control boxes, hydroelectric fittings and other items.

"Ray just saved everything," she said.

Even if the Iacovetto Store doesn't have parts you need, all the unusual and unique items are fun to look at, she said.

"We have things that you just don't see every day," she said.

In addition to the discounts she will be giving over the next five weeks, Iacovetto said there are leftovers from a yard sale she held recently behind the store that also are for sale.

Iacovetto also is willing to meet interested customers for appointments. Iacovetto can be reached at 738-2238.

Iacovetto said eagerly looks forward to a new chapter in her life after she closes the store.

"I don't have any real future plans, I am just looking forward to volunteering more and doing the community work I haven't had a chance to do," she said.

- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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