Native arts and crafts store preserves cultural and family heritage
Q & A with Jeff Ogg, owner of Ogg's Hogan at 111 N. Cortez St. in Prescott. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. 443-9856.
Q: How did you get into this business?
A: "My grandparents started the original Ogg's Hogan in Wickenburg in 1949 when I was a small child. The Wickenburg Hogan is where I first fell in love with and began learning about Native American arts and crafts.
"My career path took me to the University of Arizona, Arizona National Guard and Northern Arizona University, where I finished a degree in anthropology. I worked 25 years as the Indian arts and crafts buyer and retail director for the Fred Harvey Co., living in the Grand Canyon (area) for most of that time.
"I moved home to Prescott in 1998 and opened the present-day Ogg's Hogan."
Q: What service do you provide in the community?
A: "Ogg's Hogan offers Indian jewelry, arts and crafts as well as cowboy and southwestern handcrafted items. In addition, we carry unique historic Prescott and Arizona memorabilia. Repair and appraisal services are also available."
Q: What's the key to your business longevity?
A: "I believe Ogg's Hogan has been successful because we have an ever-changing and diverse selection of unique museum-quality arts and crafts available for sale."
Q: What is the best business advice you've given and received?
A: "The best business advice I have received or can give is love what you do."
Q: What's something unique about your store?
A: "I've been told Ogg's Hogan looks much like a museum, yet customers can buy unique affordable gifts as well as many of those museum-quality pieces."
Q: How many hours a week do you work?
A: "I work as many hours as it takes to meet my customers' needs."
Q: How are you handling the economy?
A: "With the slow economy, I've been careful to manage my cash flow and purchases with an emphasis on quality and price point."
Q: If you could take a week away, what would you do?
A: "Spend a week at the beach with my grandkids, or go on a wilderness river trip."
Q: What's something unique about you?
A: "I have served on the boards of all three of Prescott's major museums - Smoki, Sharlot Hall and Phippen. I also have a pig and a pug as pets."