2010 marked a major milestone in our family business.

1940s Halona Plaza

Giveaway at Halona Plaza, mid-1940s

In 1910 Andrew and Effa Vander Wagen purchased a trading post from the Barth Family. The building they purchased now houses Halona Plaza some 100 years later.

During this past century the business has undergone numerous changes and been operated by a handful of Andrew and Effa’s decendants. The most recent being the Vander Wagen’s granddaughter, Elaine, and her husband, Roger Thomas, along with their son (the Vander Wagen’s great-grandson), Loren Thomas.

On July 24, 2010, we held an event to commemorate this anniversary.

Celebration Event

With heartfelt thanks to the Zuni community and the many people, organizations, and companies that helped us, our 100 Year Celebration event was a big success!

While comedian Drew Lacapa emceed the event, our many guests enjoyed a free hot dog lunch, live music, dance performances, and a delicious BBQ dinner.