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Enjoying Retirement: Gwen Ophus after 35 years


October 24, 2018

Gwen Ophus tending to Frannie Zapernuk.

Gwen has been a part of Big Sandy's down town business for 35 years. She married Shane Ophus in 1984 and started her business down town in the Odd Fellows Hall. It cost $50-$75 a month to rent the front part of that building, and that was for everything! She opened her current shop in 1986. Gwen had a lot of people try to discourage her from opening her own shop, but those who had shops in town already weren't interested in hiring anyone. She always knew that eventually she wanted to have her shop in her house. Gwen said, "It worked so good to be here with the kids So many of my clie...

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