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When Alex Galvan passed away in June at 78, his family closed his store, City of the Crosses religious store at 307 S. Main St. in downtown Las Cruces.
But now the store has new life as City of the Crosses Toys & Collectibles.
When Galvan’s store closed, “we had six offers for the religious items,” said Galvan’s stepson, Kenny Chavez, who also owns Sky’s the Limit Cleaning Company.
The family turned down the offers and, instead, donated more than $7,500 worth of items to St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church, which now has them for sale in its store.
“We’re happy it’s in a good place,” Chavez said.
Alex’s widow and Chavez’s mother, Emma Galvan, is a co-owner in the toy store, which features many items Chavez collected growing up as a sports fan of wrestling, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With the Lakers winning this year’s NBA championship, the Dodgers winning the World Series and the Steelers starting the NFL season 8-0, Chavez is hoping the store can also have a great year.
There are also die-cast metal cars, children’s toys and, of course, in the time of the coronavirus, facemasks.
The downtown store features a larger-than-life mural facing Main Street with images of four wrestling legends.