Denny's Wigwam

Posted - Nov. 9, 2004 at 12:10 p.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Dennis Judd is a "walking encyclopedia" when it comes to Kanab and Kane County. He has been a mainstay in the local community for many years. His great, great grandfather Zadok Knapp Judd, a member of the Mormon Battalion, was one of the original settlers of the area, and the Judds have been prominent ever since.

Denny's Wigwam, owned and operated by Dennis and his wife, Kathy, is one of the very busiest places in Kanab. The store opened more than 34 years ago in May of 1970. Ten years later, Denny and Kathy expanded next door to the site of an old Union 76 gas station. Since that time, business has necessitated several other expansions.

Today, the 140,000-square-foot store is a destination stop for thousands of locals, visitors and tourists each month. The store is a treasure trove for anyone wanting to enjoy a true western spirit or purchase a variety of high quality western wear and art.

I loved walking through the store and marveled seeing the huge variety of merchandise. I think I was the only one in the store that day that spoke English. The store was packed with people speaking French and German, and several large tour buses were parked at the side of the store. Dennis tells me the Europeans come to this part of the country to see the Grand Canyon and to experience the heritage of cowboys and Indians.

Shoppers were looking at the Native American pottery and artifacts. Many were trying on cowboy hats and boots from the large selection of western wear. Beautiful turquoise Native American jewelry is dramatically displayed amidst the vast, diverse inventory.

The exterior of the Wigwam features a covered wagon along with a giant carved grizzly bear. The southwestern décor and ambiance of the entry are also very inviting.

I invite you all to visit beautiful Kanab, and make sure Denny's Wigwam is high on your "must-do" list.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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