Welcome to The Nearly Everything Store in Eagle, Colorado.
In 1966 Al and Mary Hoza moved to Eagle, Colorado after buying the Eagle Pharmacy.
After years of taking every opportunity to getaway to the Rocky Mountains with their family from their home in Colorado Springs, Al Hoza, RPh and his wife Mary Hoza, RN chose to buy The Eagle Pharmacy in Eagle, Colorado. They loved the mountains and wanted to raise their family here. In 1966 they moved to Eagle with the dream of building their own family business.
Al Hoza built up The Eagle Pharmacy from a small pharmacy into what became one of the main local businesses. He talks about the early days: “When someone would ask for something I would say, ‘We don’t have it now, but next time you need it we will have it.’ I would then work out where I could buy it, whether it was animal feed, shovels or camping supplies, and I would stock it.” Over time The Eagle Pharmacy became the place in Eagle to get whatever it was that you needed without having to travel to Glenwood Springs or Vail to buy day to day supplies.
It got to the point, in fact, where the tiny little store on the main street of Eagle became a bit of a local attraction. The tiny store had so much stock, in fact, that Al resorted to hanging inflatable canoes from the ceiling and stocking 3 and 4 different types of items on each peg. It was hard to find things that you wanted, but the staff were helpful and knew where to find what you wanted. If you couldn’t find what you wanted you asked someone and they would help.
It was a little unorthodox, but it worked as a business. This little pharmacy grew into a hardware store, a sporting goods store and a gift store to name a few. Hunters and fishers from across the country made The Eagle Pharmacy their first stop year after year, as it became the place to buy all of those last minute hunting and fishing supplies as well as hunting and fishing licenses.
“I remember hunting season as a highlight of the year growing up. It was an all hands on deck affair with the early archers and muzzle loader hunters coming at the start of the season on through the incredible swarm of hunters in the main hunting seasons. I loved seeing all of the visitors to our town. It was a real buzz of activity and the people were very nice and appreciative. They seemed to really appreciate the fact that dad would stay open long hours so that they could buy their licenses and last minute supplies after driving from their homes from all over the country. Other stores would close and we would be open, sometimes even coming back to the store late at night just to meet them.
“Dad had a sign on the store’s front door describing operating hours. It was very funny as it basically said that we were open as long as people kept coming and if we were closed you could call dad at home and we would come down to open up. The appreciation of visiting hunters made any inconvenience worth the trouble. We just loved working with them. Dad had guys bringing him gifts from their homes. You don’t get that with many businesses, I don’t think. Dad’s way of taking a genuine interest in people made it work. He didn’t make a big deal of it. He just did it and people loved it. The business thrived under his natural style of management. He never studied customer service. He just did it. If we were ever locking up the front door and a customer walked up to find it locked he would make us open up and invite them in. In later years it became harder to do this as staff needed to get home to their families, but when it was mainly our family working there it was part of family life to serve the customers who provided our living,” Al Hoza’s son Mark Hoza recalls.
After managing The Eagle Pharmacy alongside her father for many years, In October 2007 Al Hoza’s daughter Annie Colby and her husband Al purchased the family business and created The Nearly Everything Store (the name that the little pharmacy had become known as by locals). They changed the name of the main business to The Nearly Everything Store and sold the pharmacy part of the store to the Batsons who currently run The Eagle Pharmacy as a business within the business.
The Nearly Everything Store is still the place to get prescriptions and just about anything that you might need. Please, contact us or come in for a visit if you are looking for anything. We just might have what you need. Even if we don’t we hope that you enjoy having a look around to see what “nearly everything” looks like.
The Nearly Everything Store is the place to buy:
- Sporting Goods
- School Supplies
- Hunting Licenses and Fishing Licenses
- Certified Hay (Certified hay is required when taking horses into Wilderness Areas or feeding your horses in Wilderness Areas, such as when you are hunting, so that you don’t spread noxious weeds in National Wilderness areas.)
- Sorel Snow Boots
- Bogs Boots
- Fishing Supplies
- Fly Tying Supplies
- Estes Rocket supplies
- Pinewood Derby Supplies
- Craft Supplies
- Melissa & Doug Toys
- Picture Frames
- Wood Wick Candles
- Caren Lotions
- Caldrea Soaps and Lotions
- Swim Suits
- Speckled Enamelware
- Wood Chips for Smoking Meats
- Hammocks & Stands
- Religious Items
- Colorado Souvenirs & T-shirts
- Colorado Chocolates
- Greeting Cards & Gift Wrap
- Camping Supplies
Store hours are:
- M-F 8:30am-6:30pm
- Sat 9am-5:30pm
- Sun 10am-4pm
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