After 34 years of selling flags, poles and flag auxiliary items, Fred and Patti Verzani have decided to call it quits, or, as they may put it: it is time to take in the flag.
The owners of Montana Flag and Pole on Last Chance Gulch in Helena said it’s time to retire. They have had little luck in selling their business, so they plan to have a liquidation sale and close.
“We’ve been trying to sell since early spring and there have been no takers so it is time to retire,” Patti said Monday. “It’s bittersweet.”
Fred said the 829 N. Last Chance Gulch business remains for sale, but if it’s not sold by the end of the month, they will have a final sale in October.
The Verzanis, who are both 74, said they originally got into the business after supplying flags for the Montana centennial celebration in 1989. They said they decorated inside and outside of the Capitol.
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They liked it so much, they decided to continue it as business.
Patti noted husband Fred is a veteran.
“We are very patriotic,” she said.
The Verzanis said