Opening Day, 1922
The Main Street frontage, including what was part of the Valley View Hotel, were all changing from frame to concrete, and on September 21, 1922, The Toggery opened-up its new haberdashery.
Owners Mr. R. W. Eldred and Mr. W. H. Koch had successfully moved from their temporary home at the Clark Hotel to the spacious new store, complete with a three-chair barbershop. The haberdashery specialized in men’s clothing, accessories, hats, fine handkerchiefs, belts, and tailored suits.
Business was conducted from a roll-top desk at the back of the store, and the ad in the Inyo Register, from September 21, 1922, said “the store expects to give high-grade service, at reasonable prices.”
Today, our ancient National cash register from the past is still showcased in our store as an enduring reminder of our long-standing presence of offering western wear. We are committed to having well-stocked shelves. From Pendleton blankets, Carhartt work wear, Levi’s and Wrangler jeans, woolen winter shirts, stylish Stetson and Resistol hats, fine leather belts, boots and Minnetonka footwear, and women’s shirts, our selection of apparel is really not much different from the early days.
Heck, we even have some of the classic Stetson and Resistol hats from the 1960s-1970s, for those who would appreciate some vintage headwear.