|Done and done|
A troop of sturdily built, blue-shirted men cart a hulking mass of particle board out of the Market Street storefront and, on the count of three, heave it into a truck. Until the moment it leaves their hands it's a vestige of Kaplan's Surplus & Sport Goods
, a 75-year-old mainstay of mid-Market and a family business on its fourth generation of Kaplan.
With a splintering crash, the load shatters upon hitting the flatbed. And now it's junk.
In the weeks and months leading to Kaplan's mid-February closure, the once-teeming repository of vintage odds 'n' ends took on an increasingly barren air. Popular goods weren't restocked, leaving only the truly bizarre, decades-long holdouts
resting on the uncluttered shelves. Walking in felt, increasingly, like entering a world of the past revealed by receding oceans.
Those walking in now won't get so far. Cathy Kaplan will politely, but firmly, tell you the place is closed and give you the boot. Glancing about, it's easy to believe her. The store has been picked clean of virtually everything of value; it resembles the hollow hall that just hosted the annual Looter's Society Convention.
Kaplan, however, allows your humble narrator to peruse what's left. And there is a bit more than you'd think.