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Righteous Rags, a dying breed for eight-track tapes, will close its doors

One of the few remaining Spokane stores to sell hard-to-find eight-track tapes, among other items, plans to close its doors this month.

Righteous Rags & Records, a used clothing and second hand music store, will close by Aug. 31, said business owner Doug MacKenzie. He's operated the Spokane business near Gonzaga University since 2000. He earlier was co-owner of the prior business there, Drop Your Drawers.

The reason is purely economic. “The last few years have been a steady drain,” MacKenzie said. He’s leased the building, at 1307 N. Hamilton, from owner Willard Quinn.

MacKenzie said he’ll offer clothing items at 50 percent off until he shuts the business down. His unsold collection of LPs, CDs, cassettes and eight-track tapes will end up as part of a home-based business.

“I may be one of the last few places in Spokane that sells eight-tracks,” he added. He has roughly 100 eight-track cassettes, most of them selling for $2.

His interest in acquiring and selling eight-tracks happened several years ago when he learned how to repair defective cassettes.  MacKenzie said roughly half the eight-track tapes at his store were personally repaired.

“So I can guarantee you if you buy one it will definitely work, for at least one good play,” he said with a laugh.

He sold one a few weeks ago, an indicator that the now-obsolete eight-track technology is still being used by people.

“It’s probably because someone buys a car and finds an eight-track player in it. Then, they start looking around for tapes” he said.

Quinn, the landlord, has signed a lease for the building with two people who will run a skateboard and T-shirt shop, said Chris Nichols, co-owner of Chairs Coffee & Public House, a business that’s opening next door to Righteous Rags.

Last take on the bulldog removed from wall mural; plus, portrait of Tom Quinn

For some reason we still have more to say about the plight of Mary Livingston, owner of the 1305 Club, once known as the Bulldog (Tavern).

The curious little sidelight to Livingston's effort to find a lasting name for the tavern is the distraction caused by a wall mural for the business. Livingston said the mural was commissioned by previous building owner, Willard Quinn. And the result (above, right image) was done by Spokane artist Tom Quinn (no relation to Willard).

Two sections of Quinn's wall mural at the business will not remain or have already been removed. The first is the curious portrait of a bulldog with a top hat (above, left image) that was on the wall for awhile, then removed.

Livingston said no one asked her to take it down. Cryptically, Livingston said it was something she just wanted covered over, but didn't specify the reason.

The second is an attempted portrait of GU basketball hall-of-famer John Stockton. See the item down below to see what happened with that part of the mural.

Quinn said he'll be working the wall this weekend and will likely “fix” the Stockton portrait.

Both images, above, provided from Tom Quinn's Facebook page.

Why does John Stockton dislike his face on the wall of a GU neighborhood pub?

Two leftovers from today's SR story about the naming dilemma faced by Mary Livingston, the business woman who took over what used to be the premise of the Bulldog, near Gonzaga University.

First, let's catch up on David Trefry, who ran the Bulldog from 1996 until last summer, when the building owner Willard Quinn III wouldn't give him a good deal on buying it. Quinn then turned around and sold it to Livingston.

Trefry took the business name and has been looking around for spots, including possibly in the new Kendall Yards project.  He also caused a minor stir when he renewed his business license with the city. The permit said: The Bulldog Tavern. That alerted some folks who knew that originally the business, well before Trefry took it over, was known as the Bulldog Tavern. 

He changed the name in 2005, to comply with state liquor law requirements. Trefry said people wondered if he was reverting to the old name. The answer is no, he said in an email. The permit is still for The Bulldog, but city clerks used the wrong name.

The second item:  Livingston was told by Willard Quinn III that John Stockton wasn't happy that his portrait was part of a mural painted by local artist Tom Quinn (no relation to Willard). The oddity is the Tom Quinn portrait of Stockton on the wall (see image above, where it is to the right of Livingston) has to be the worst ever of the former GU and Utah Jazz star.

Quinn the artist said he sorta winged it, not really knowing how large Stockton is. That explains why he made JS about 6 foot 7. But it doesn't explain how the face is so un-Stockton like. That may be why JS doesn't like it. The face is nowhere near that of Stockton, even from 20 years ago.

We asked a contact to ask Stockton for a statement, but heard nothing so far.

Tom Quinn said he now realizes he can't leave the “Stockton” image on the wall. He figures he'll probably change that body into the shape of former GU hoop star Casey Calvary.

A few days ago, before the story ran, Tom Quinn said he was planning to do a better Stockton image on the other end of that mural. Now that Stockton has made it clear he's not happy with the plan, that won't happen.

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