The Dude, a year old bearded dragon, sits on the front counter of the Mill Avenue store called "Those Were the Days". The store, full of antiques and used books, is closing after 35 years. It's very sad, it was the last of the older stores on Mill. It's tough to watch things change, but they do. According to the dude's owner, the shop owners want to retire and move on from managing their store. They own their building so it wasn't high rents that pushed them out, just a desire to move on. I'm happy I got to meet the dude and his owner, one of the things I like most about this blog project, striking up conversations with people and lizards to get the Tempe Daily scoop.