Cowboy Shop celebrates 25 years in Cottonwood
During 25 years in business in Cottonwood, Stanley Anderson's Cowboy Shop has grown from selling mostly boots, hats, belts and horse tack to selling a full line of western and work clothes and boots. One service that has been there all along is boot and shoe repair.
In fact, Stan is the fourth generation of his family to be involved in boot and shoe repair. Now his son, Casey, is part owner and manager of the Cowboy Shop.
But before Stan opened the Cowboy Shop in 1983 in the same shopping center with Safeway, his dad, Gene Anderson, owned and ran Gene's Shoe Hospital and Western Wear in Flagstaff. That operation, now owned by Stan's brother Gary, has been in business for 60 years.
In 1990 Stan moved from the 1,000-square-foot store between Family Dollar and the Golden Dragon into a bigger store next door that gave him 1,800 square feet. "That's when we brought in the clothes," Stan said.
From there, Stan moved his Cowboy Shop in March 2001 to its present location at 1460 E. 89A. That was the old McDonald's Restaurant, and Stan added a 1,700-square-foot addition to give the store a total of 4,500 square feet.
Repair service is still offered, but Stan says it is a dying skill. But he has always believed that customer service is one of the most important keys of being successful in a small town. "Our repair motto is: 'If we can fix it, we'll fix it,'" Stan said. "My father taught me that."
Stan said that as far as the future goes, "We'll be here. We have no plans of going anywhere. My son's part owner and he'll be continuing."
The Cowboy Shop soon will be on the Internet. "We're getting a Web site set up," Stan said.
"We were hoping to expand," Stan said. "But we'll hold that off a few years with this economy."
In the meantime, Stan plans to stick around. "I'm just working hard and enjoying life in Cottonwood, Arizona," he said. "It's a good town to live in."