The character of a town is often defined by the residents who live there. For Livingston, Montana, no one better exemplifies a true local than Dan Durgan.
“I was born and raised in Livingston. This is my home. I am a 5th generation Livingston native,” Dan said. “When the last hardware store on Main Street decided to leave, I knew I wanted to fill that gap” Hardware stores are often the heart of a small downtown, and Dan knew he had the experience in hardware to create this business. With a background in home construction and management, starting a hardware store seemed to be a perfect fit.
Dan’s vision was to create a store which improved Livingston while building a financially successful business. To make this vision a reality, he knew that he needed to find reliable help.
“Really early on, a friend of mine told me about Prospera. I went to Prospera and they gave me the blueprint. They got me grounded with a business plan and helped me build it piece by piece.”
The new “credibility” that Dan had received from working with Prospera helped Riverside Hardware acquire a substantial real estate loan from First Interstate Bank.
On June 17, Riverside Hardware held their Grand Opening in collaboration with the Livingston Art Walk. Being actively involved in the Livingston community is a key part to Riverside’s identity. “We love being a part of the diverse culture of Livingston,” Dan said.
Similarly, Riverside Hardware wanted to create an environment that exemplified the welcoming nature of Livingston. “When people walk in, Riverside gives a relaxed atmosphere. Guys spend hours in here talking and making friends,” Dan explained. “One thing that drives us is creativity. Hardware stores bring the creativity out of us. People come and do projects. We love helping people do something creative.”
When asked about the challenges of starting Riverside, Dan spoke of the need for determination when starting a business. “Starting a business is a test of stamina. You can tell how much stamina a business owner has by how far they go. I quickly learned that you must have the stamina to keep getting better.”
Yet, for the future of this new business, Dan seemed confident with where Riverside would be. “We already are showing steady growth. Every day we have new people coming in and becoming new customers.”
Dan came with the idea to meet the niche of his hometown, and the Montana Women’s Business Center helped turn that idea into a reality. “When I was stuck, the staff of the Women’s Business Center helped me work through what I needed to do.”
Next time you are in downtown Livingston, be sure to step in and say hi to Dan at Riverside Hardware.