Has it really been two years? It sure has! We opened our doors here at Head West Outfitters on November 1, 2010. Without sounding too cliché, it really has been two incredible years! Now, we are planning to celebrate and give thanks to those who support our business and proudly live the western lifestyle. Join us November 9th to celebrate at our 2nd Anniversary Open House.
We can’t have an open house without showcasing a few western outfits. We will unveil brand new clothing styles from some of your favorite brands – Ariat, Miss Me Jeans, Cowgirl Tuff, Panhandle Slim, Roper, and Macie Bean Boots. Now is your chance to snag these brand new styles and show them off over the holidays!
To get you in the festive mood, we will also offer a wine tasting from Mazza Winery and host live music during our store-wide sale. How could we make this event any better? We’re also giving away a $250 shopping spree! It is sure to be a great time! Bring the spouse or a group of friends for a fun night out.
As you might have heard, Northstar, a horse from our area, was tragically injured earlier this year. Many of us here at Head West Outfitters hold animals very dear to our hearts, so we were immediately moved to help. We will be collecting donations for Northstar during the open house, as well as donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to the Northstar Equine Foundation. This organization is working to raise money to cover veterinary care expenses, as well as working to change animal cruelty laws in Pennsylvania. Representatives from Head West Outfitters will present a check to the organization on November 10th at the “Rally for Northstar” event at Mound Grove Golf Course. We encourage you to help care for Northstar and stand up against animal cruelty.
It wasn’t all that long ago that we opened for business at Head West Outfitters, but a lot sure has changed since. When we opened for business on November 1, 2010, our retail store in Erie, PA offered a modest selection of jeans, shirts, hats, boots, and accessories that were mostly focused toward the western crowd – barrel racers, ropers, team penners, and line dancers. Our clothing was a collection of traditional western wear from Wrangler, Cinch, and Cruel Girl. If you’re a cowboy or cowgirl at heart, you know and love these brands well! And we do, too!
It quickly became clear that we needed to offer more than classic riding jeans and button down shirts. With a large following of customers who were used to shopping at the mall and incorporating western into their more mainstream style, we began to expand our clothing selection to more of the trendy, modern western wear styles that are as much fashion as they are function. Our customers – the traditional and the mainstream – fell in love! We could not keep the blingy Wrangler Rock 47 and Rock and Roll Cowgirl jeans and shirts on the shelves! Now our selection is a fantastic mix of classic western wear and night-on-the-town outfits, and everything in between.
Denver is a mecca to the western wear world! Every January, hundreds of western wear companies flock upon the “Denver market,” a convention filled to the brim with every sort of western apparel, décor, and accessories imaginable. This is where retailers get the first glimpse at new products and styles. Our buyers prep for this trip like football players for the Super Bowl! It’s hard not to get carried away in such a fun and fashionable setting.
Our planning paid off! At Denver market in 2011, we signed up to offer Cowgirl Tuff products in our Head West Outfitters store. This has turned out to be one of our best-selling brands! Not surprisingly, with a variety of fits, styles, cuts, and designs to make your jaw drop. We also started carrying Corral and Anderson Bean boots based on the expansive styles and eye-catching details that we just knew our customers would love. Charlie 1 Horse also debuted at Head West Outfitters thanks to that fateful Denver market trip, and our customers continue to rave about these amazing hats.
Shortly after our grand opening, we signed on to sponsor two local country bands: Next of Kin, an established and very popular band, and American Ride, a brand new country band. It wasn’t long before we were growing our support of the local country music scene; Small Town Revolution and Refuge joined our country music crew. Head West Outfitters also serves as personal stylists for all the band members, and we proudly support their events by attending or donating goods as event prizes. Our support of these bands is invaluable to the reputation of our company, and they also look pretty darn good sporting our clothes!
Our Head West Outfitters online store – www.headwestoutfitters.com – debuted in January of 2011. It was a decision that was more than just expanding our store. We were looking to offer our products and services to customers, wherever they might be. It was a choice of customer service as much as expansion. Our online business has grown to the point that we hired full-time staff to maintain our website this year. We have a very talented crew, and we are really looking forward to what they will bring to the site in the years to come. It is our driving force to make your shopping experience the best you’ve ever had, so we are constantly making improvements to our online store and the shopping process.
We greatly appreciate your patronage and support! We wouldn’t be celebrating our two-year anniversary without you, so from all of us at Head West Outfitters – THANK YOU! Be sure to stop by our store on November 9th to help us celebrate. We look forward to seeing you!
If there’s ever anything we can do to help you with your western wear needs, just contact us, and we’ll be here to help!