Chelsea's Mule Skinner Boot Shop
has been in operation for more than 40 years. When owners Bill and Pam Conn hired marketing student Ellen Dewey to help out at the shop, she brought with her all sorts of ideas — including one that has become a full time job.
"I said I thought they were missing out on something because children's boots are big," Dewey says. "I've always wanted to open my own business, and Bill and Pam have been nice enough to help me do that."
Young Buckaroo's is Dewey's new venture below Mule Skinner offering boots, accessories and apparel in sizes from toddler to teen. The space was formerly used as storage, but with a little paint and elbow grease, it's is now a full showroom. In addition to running the new children's store, Dewey plans to continue helping out upstairs as well.
"I'm just going to continue to grow and learn from Bill who has been in business for 40 years," she says. "Sometimes hands-on is much more substantial than book learning. And I'm teaching him things as well."
Young Buckaroo's has been open for about three weeks. In addition to boots, Dewey carries handcrafted belts, toy guns and holsters, hats and more.
Source: Ellen Dewey, Young Buckaroo's
Writer: Natalie Burg