Coney Station turns 20: 'A lot of things are still the same'

COOS BAY, Ore. -- A Coos Bay business is marking two decades in the city's downtown.

In the 1940s down Marshfield's Main Street sat a Texaco gas station and car shop.

Later it became Newell's TV repair shop.

Today, it's known simply as Coney Station.

Sandy Jones, an owner of Coney Station says they started out with a simple menu. "We sold nothing but hot dogs and beer only."

While much has changed in downtown Coos Bay, the Coney Station is marking 20 years in business on that corner.

Dennis Baker, a loyal customer, says he has enjoyed the shop for years. "We've been coming down here forever it seems like," he said. "It's a great place, it's always a friendly crowd and we always see people that we knew from school."

Sandy Jones says they have spent 20 years striving to make people feel welcome. "My motto is, you're not a stranger for long," she said. "When you come in, I try to make it a point to meet everybody and I feel very fortunate, they're my friends."

She recognizes the importance of making those relationships last. "Because of them I'm here, and that means a lot to me."

A lot of businesses don't last 20 years, but owner Gene Jones says that somehow they have figured out a way to keep the doors open. "Customers come and go, they change over the years," he said. "We're getting older, but actually a lot of things are still the same."

You can still find the train chugging along the walls, freshly made popcorn and of course, those hot dogs.