My Life, My Words: Dave Clegg — ‘What you call a cush job’ |

My Life, My Words: Dave Clegg — ‘What you call a cush job’

Dave Clegg, 40, is the manager at Smokes, a tobacco and accessory store inside the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way. The store, which opened last April, carries a variety of tobacco, pipes, posters and tattooing tools.
Brian Smith

“I’ve been (in Craig) since like (1997). … (I worked at) the Hayden Power Plant and have been here ever since.

“It was pretty cool, it was electrical, so that’s what I was doing at the time. After that ended, I did electrical for another year and then went into HVAC and stuff.

“I’ve got a brother and his wife that have two other (tobacco stores) in the state. So they decided to open one here (in April) and give me a job.

“I think it was more of another business opportunity on their part, but since I live here, they figured, why not just open one here?

“They’ve always said work smarter, not harder, and it just made it easier to try something different.

“I thought it was pretty exciting because it would give me something else to do. Just hoping it would do well was the exciting part.

“It’s done OK. It’s kind of accommodating this town — there’s not a lot of jobs and not a lot of money.

“I think this mall’s a great place to have it, it’s just that once people know where you’re at and what you’ve got they really don’t care where you’re at.

“There’s a little bit of everything for somebody in here. A lot of people are just going and doing their own tattoos and stuff and I provide the tools they need. I’ve got the needles, the sleeves and ink, the tattoo guns. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

“There’s always that possibility that a community might not like something like this, but I think there has to be some awful things going on before you should be stereotyped with anything like it. Basically, it’s a tobacco and accessories shop, and as long as people are out there smoking cigars and cigarettes, this is what they like to have around.”

“This is what you call a cush job, pretty much. It’s pretty easy and it’s nice to be involved, business-wise with your own family.

— Interview by Scott Schlaufman, photo by Brian Smith.

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