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Longtime Brookline business finally sees Red Sox win at home

Posted by Brock Parker  October 31, 2013 02:53 PM

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Red Sox fan Lois Kolgian kept a banner for the team in the window of her Brookline business, Kolgian Oriental Rug Galleries during the playoffs this year. Photo by Brock Parker.

Through the front window at Kolgian Oriental Rug Galleries in Brookline, Lois Kolgian says she likes to watch all of the Red Sox fans passing by on their way to the nearby Fenway Park.

But Wednesday night brought something she did not expect to see: A third Red Sox World Series championship.

“Never,” said the gray-haired Lois, who wore a Red Sox sweatshirt Thursday and declined to say how old she is. “It’s wonderful how they all worked together, isn’t it? It was a team effort.”

The Red Sox win Wednesday was the first time the team clinched a World Series championship at home since 1918—which was just before Lois’s family business opened in Brookline. The business, which was first run by Lois’s father, John Kolgian, opened in the 1920s on Harvard Street.

Since the 1940s, the business has been on Beacon Street near the St. Mary’s T stop and less than a mile from Fenway Park.

Lois and her bother Barry Kolgian, who passed away two years ago, kept the business running through decades of World Series championship droughts for the Red Sox.

This fall, when the team began making its playoff push, Lois took her 16-year-old nephew Liam Kolgian Foley’s Red Sox banner and hung it in the window of her store, and she joked that is what led to the World Series win.

“That’s what did it,” she said, but then gave the team credit.

“We’re proud of the Red Sox, we’re proud of each player,” she said.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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