for Tri-State Livestock News
Located in downtown Lusk, Wyoming, for 25 years, Hometown Country features handcrafted, distinct gifts.
Vicki Boldon, owner of Hometown Country, said she focuses on selling items that are “area-made” or, at the very least, made in America in her stark white exterior, two-room store.
In addition to Leanin’ Tree, Carhartt, and Black Hills Gold, Boldon offers local artists’ pieces ranging from handmade soaps, pottery, and wooden boxes.
Miller Soap Company is one company featured. Tricia Miller, of Lance Creek, Wyoming, offers a variety of soaps, shave bars, diaper salve, dog shampoo, grease buster soap, foaming hand soap, and more, all of which is for sale at Hometown Country.
Her scents vary from Santa’s Tree Farm to Chocolate Espresso to Lavendar Rose Goats Milk. Soaps start at $3 and go to $12, making them ideal stocking stuffers or gift basket items.
Upon entering the store, customers can see a display of “Pottery by Wava.” Handmade pottery bowls of all sizes and warm, earthy colors made by retired teacher Wava Tully, of Lusk, ranging in price from $20-$40.
Berried Delights, jams and jellies made in Newcastle, Wyoming, share a rack with The Pine Ridge Sauces barbecue and mustard made in Casper, Wyoming. Berried Delights has unique flavors such as rasperry jalepeño jam, rosy peach banana jam, and wild plum syrup.
Boldon stocks a case of Black Hills Gold and also features Spoonful of Heaven Jewelry, made from vintage silverware by a couple in Newcastle. The silver bracelets have magnetic clasps and various colored beads.
A table in Hometown Country is buried in dark, rich leather Ropin’ West bags of all sizes including purses, Bible covers, men’s bathroom bags, and breifcases.
Spoonful of Heaven Jewelry could easily and beautifully be gifted in a handcrafted painted box by “Aunt Ruff.” Jeanette Dean ranches in Nebraska but is originally from Niobrara County. She supplies Hometown Country with her one-of-a-kind treasure boxes and birdhouses.
Carhartt fills the majority of the shop, including items for men, ladies, and children. If Boldon doesn’t have what you are looking for, she orders from Carhartt weekly, and would be glad to place orders, she said.
You won’t find just rugged, cold outerwear, she offers Carhartt T-shirts, socks, hoodies, footwear and more.
Hometown Country is located at 327 S. Main St., in Lusk. If you can’t visit in person, but would like to purchase a unique item, Boldon can be called at 307-334-2044. You may also visit her website at http://www.clearlyclassicdesigns.com or “Like” her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Hometown-Country.