Beloved ‘everything’ store closes after 35 years in Cortez – The Journal


Rocky Mountain One Stop is closing after 35 years.

Kala Parkinson

Owner reflects on the evolution of music and generations of customers

For Donna Livengood, it was strange to experience the ever-changing – and sometimes cyclical – nature of listening to music.

For 35 years, she watched people from all walks of life – including, once in 1991, Jon Bon Jovi, who was on a cross-country motorcycle trip – peruse the shelves of her store, Rocky Mountain One Stop.

Now she’s saying her goodbyes to this time, the last day to wander through her store’s mix of odds and ends is scheduled for December 24th.

“It gets a little more real as we get closer, and so it’s a lot of emotions,” she said. “We will definitely miss it. I will miss people and just be here everyday.

Rocky Mountain One Stop first opened on Elm Street in Cortez on April 19, 1986, before moving to Main Street and eventually landing at its current location at 330 N. Broadway.

Near closing time on Thursday, and between attending to a constant stream of customers, she remembered her ‘one-stop’ business and her time there, the sun setting beyond. graffiti style exterior of the store.

Change of epoch

In a bygone era, Livengood placed orders for CDs and vinyls once a week – back in the days when distributors released thick catalogs of artists and their albums every few months.

At one point, Livengood had 7,000 vinyl records in stock and thousands of other CDs.

A sign hung at the original location of Rocky Mountain One Stop, designed by Livengood’s friend Larry David.

Kala Parkinson

When The newspaper visited her curio store, she had music playing on her computer – but only because her stereo was broken.

To clarify, Livengood is not a subscriber to the streaming service.

She prefers full sound, the kind you can’t get by plugging headphones into your phone or playing your personal playlist in your car.

She remembered borrowing her daughter’s car for a few days and inserting CDs.

When her daughter drove her car again, the music blaring immediately, she asked Livengood, “What have you done to my car?” “

She didn’t know it could look like this.

And although record players have had a recent resurgence, as they do every few years, Livengood said, she appreciates record players with high-quality needles. They cost at least $ 60, she said.

“You will hear things you never knew existed. You will hear different instruments and you will hear the real music, ”she said.

Despite modern trends, Livengood does not conform to contemporary music listening practices.

“Everything is streaming, everything is digital – compressed digital music,” she said. “You had that big, full, rich, warm sound and you squeezed it. “

Although people don’t carry vinyl records anymore, she said listeners just don’t get the same listening experience typical of decades past.

The store’s shelves reflect Livengood’s hold on musical tradition, stacking up sounds that span the last century.

More than music

The store didn’t stop at music.

Described as a store for “everything” on its website, the establishment has been a sort of treasure, offering music, jewelry, instruments, sheet music, incense, board games, cards. play and other trinkets.

Thus, the expansive and encompassing term “One Stop” graced the name of the store.

Livengood affectionately referred to her husband, Matt, who has worked at the company for 22 years.

He was shopping in his store when they met.

“All I can say is the community has been great with us,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for a long time, and it’s all thanks to their support. “

The couple agree that this final chapter is bittersweet.

“It’s a little sad, but at the same time, it feels good to do something different,” Matt said.

An avid gamer of the “Magic the Gathering” collectible card game, he helped make the store a kind of hub for other enthusiasts.

Hosting ‘Magic’ events in the store and traveling to others, Livengood reflected on the frequent late nights, including some that spiraled out over the weekends. At one point, the store hosted preview parties starting at midnight.

“They think of ‘Magic’ 24 hours a day,” Livengood said of the people she affectionately called ‘nerds.’

Whatever the reason a customer walks into the store – music, magic or whatever – Livengood has always organized it as a “safe space” – a space where everyone felt comfortable, he said. she declared.

Interest in the store has become generational. Livengood was always amused when she saw school-aged children bring their parents into the store, thinking they were showing them something new. A lot of those parents “used to hang out here all the time,” she said.

“It’s a great place to be able to come and get something random that you need on a whim,” said Ole Bye, while shopping for a Christmas present for his friend.

He preferred to buy drumsticks and guitar strings there rather than online.

The store is “niche,” he said.

“It’s Rocky Mountain One Stop,” Livengood said simply, when asked to rank the store.


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