DENVER (KDVR) — Coronavirus issues proceed to influence native companies, threatening to shut a longtime Denver landmark.
Duman’s Customized Tailor has been on East Colfax Avenue within the Capitol Hill neighborhood for almost six a long time. Nonetheless, its gross sales have been slashed by 85% because the pandemic hit in March.
Proprietor Steve Duman, 62, mentioned, “It’s one of many oldest present companies in the identical location for 58 years in Denver.”
The family-owned enterprise was initially created by his father, Maurice Duman, in 1962.
Duman says his father was orphaned and have become a tailor’s apprentice a younger age.
Throughout World Conflict II, he says Nazis despatched his Dad to Warsaw after which a Siberian focus camp the place he used his experience as a tailor to stitch uniforms for troopers.
“Due to that he bought to sleep in a little bit bit higher place, he bought to eat a little bit bit higher as a result of he was among the many Russians and he was no risk to him. And so they appreciated him,” mentioned Duman.
Duman says being a tailor in the end saved his life, finally permitting him to fulfill his spouse and transfer to the US the place they referred to as Denver dwelling.
“My mother and father labored very onerous, labored, you realize, 12 hours a day, and did every thing they may to provide us the absolute best life,” he shared.
Maurice finally opened Duman’s, and labored within the store till he was 90 years outdated.
As a baby, Steve Duman helped out his father by doing odd jobs across the retailer, which in his later years allowed him to take over the enterprise.
He says enterprise was good up till the coronavirus took its toll.
“We’ve had days the place we haven’t damaged $100 and people days are very tough to make up,” he mentioned. “If it will get too far out of hand and we will’t pay or sustain with all of the payments, then we’ll have to shut. After which I’ll should reevaluate.”
Duman doesn’t need any handouts. Quite, he hopes he sees some new or common prospects are available to get objects altered.
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