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First News Spring 2007

A Family Affair

   Papa Joe's General Store is another family business owned by Suzan and Paul Selle, that opened last January. It's number three in Huerfano County for the Selle family alone with daughters Giovaona 8, and Franchesca 4. After twenty years, Paul retired from the Marine Corp and the Selles returned to Walsenburg in 2004 from California. Their first business, Papa Joe's Laundry Mat, opened in 1994 in Gardner, followed by Papa Joe's Dry Cleaners in 1995 in Walsenburg.

   Paul runs the General Store full time along with all the administration and maintenance duties for all their businesses. He is also involved with the Economic Development Committee in Huerfano County. Suzan is finishing up her student teaching at Peakview and will apply for a teaching license while continuing to work on her Master of Arts in Education which she plans to complete next year. Suzan also works in the Dry Cleaners when possible. Fortunately, the Selles have good help. Lynette Kleinschmidt works full time at the Dry Cleaners, then fills in at the General Store; and Suzan's folks, Sal and Mickey D'Ambrosia, also help out. It's a real family-run operation, and the family has ideas for other businesses in the area. The General Store is open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day with extended hours during the summer and hunting season months.

Papa Joe's General Store
25191 Hwy 69
Gardner, CO 81040
(719) 746-0180


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