60 Years, Part 2

Happy Tuesday, y’all–

The 60 Year Anniversary celebration is still going strong at Young’s Western Wear.  Who stopped by the Main Street location for Donuts and Coffee last Friday?  If you did, I’m sure you saw Mary and Mike Young in the crowd, second and third generation store-owners.

Below, we have another blast from the past–

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The smaller storefront of the past–great sales even back then!

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Tack room at Young’s Western Wear

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Hats and Mrs. Mary Young looking out at the Main Street view.

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Fashions haven’t changed that much after all…

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Lots of changes over the years, but this display hasn’t changed at all.

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60 Years

Happy 60 Year Anniversary, Young’s Western Wear!

In 1928, Curtis Young left the beet fields of western Nebraska carrying a suitcase in one hand and a hammer in the other.  After saving his hard earned money working as a boot repairman, Curtis purchased main street property and sent for his wife, Ester, who was pregnant with the next generation of Young’s Western Wear owner, Curtis Hoover “Cork” Young.  Cork opened Young’s Western Wear and provided the area with quality boots, hats, and tack.

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Curt Young

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Esther Young

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Mike & Sheila Young with George Straight & Tony Llama Jr.

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Heart City Linked

Want to spend February 14th in Valentine, Nebraska?  You and the rest of the love birds!  We all know that no town cherishes its hearts more than Valentine, Nebraska.  (Probably because the chances of meeting a workin’ cowboy or a rodeo queen are so dang high!)

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To celebrate its red hearts, Valentine has brewed up some awesome traditions for the locals.  February 14th weddings, Heart City Bull Bash, Coronation, and cupid-stamped letters are just a few of the fun happenings in Valentine on Valentine’s day.

Check out some heart-themed links.  Nebraska’s been busy this February, y’all!

  • Which town is more romantic –  Valentine, NE or Loveland, CO?  Read about it here.
  • Did you know people all around the world send their mail to Valentine, NE on Valentine’s day to get it postmarked for their loved one?
  • The Local Perspective
  • 50,000 love letters 5 hours east.  ’Bout melts your heart.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?  Have you ever postmarked a love letter through Valentine, Nebraska?

 

 

 

 

 

Ice Fishing Gear

Hey cowfolks!

Are you thawing out yet?  Thanks to the cold front sweeping down from the north, the  tween degree days here in Nebraska have frozen everything.  Do you know what this means?

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Ice Fishing.

Local fisherman trying his luck at Merritt Dam.

Local fisherman trying his luck at Merritt Dam.

 

Yep, we already have quite the following out at Merritt Dam.  If you’re dedicated (=obsessed) with the hobby of frozen fingers and drilling in ice, we have some great news.

  • Young’s Western Wear repairs ice boots.  Bring them to the store and have them fixed within a day, so the walleye and crawpee won’t know you’ve been MIA.  In addition, we can turn any pair of boots into the perfect ice fishing companions.  See what our very own Johnny did for the pair below.

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  • We sell gear for our men and women fishermen.  Everything you need – from coats to Under Armour shirts to hats and coveralls and more.  Wrap on the layers and keep the cold away.

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Boot Department

There are very few stores where you can try on 1,500 boots in one sitting, or check out the fit of Anderson Bean, Durango, Boulet, and Twisted X all at once.  How many places can your 2 year-old can try on a pair of red zebra-striped boots while your oldest can scout out his first boots with a cowboy heel?

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The headquarters of Discount Western Wear offers you an endless selection of top-quality footwear.  Located in small-town Nebraska, Young’s Western Wearhouse is a family-owned shopping center that you can’t miss… especially if you are boot-crazy, all-out country, or just love the smell of leather.

Women's and Men's boots collide. Wall to wall boots.

Women’s and Men’s boots collide in a wall-to-wall selection of footwear.  (Can you spot the American flag boots?)

Boots, boots, boots

BOOT SALE!

Discount Western Wear’s boot department features a wide assortment of work boots, roper and cowboy heels, hiking shoes, fire boots, and a large variety of brands like Boulet, Justin, Twisted X, Tin Haul, Tony Llama, Ariat, Anderson Bean, and many more.  Do you have a non-boot wearing person in the family? (um…WHAT?!)  Don’t worry – we have shoe brands like Adidas, Under Armour, and Asics too.  (But we keep those in the back…we’re boot salesmen at heart, you know!)  No matter if you’re shopping for men, women, kids, cowboys, ranchers, hikers, dresser-uppers… The Boot Department at Young’s Western Wear has it all!

A small glimpse of Young's Western Wear's work boot selection.

The Work Boot selection… or half of it anyway!  We have another full wall  of work boots!

Sale boots!

More SALES!

What’s your favorite boot brand?

Are you a fan of the cowboy heel or the roper heel?

Getting Crazy at Young’s Western Wear

Happy Wednesday everybody!  Sorry for such a long break in blogging action – things are a little crazy around here.  In fact, they’re going to get a lot crazier this Saturday, with Valentine’s annual Crazy Days!!!  We’ll be open early this Saturday, so come check out our crazy deals!

Assorted Men's Boots just $89.95!!  Last chance to get these deals on selected Ariat, Rocky, and Durango boots.  $90 boots?  Now that's crazy!

Assorted Men’s Boots just $89.95!! Last chance to get these deals on selected Ariat, Rocky, and Durango boots. $90 boots? Now that’s crazy!

Ladies Wrangler jeans half off?  That's even crazier!

Ladies Wrangler jeans half off? That’s even crazier!

For the occasion, we’ve also pulled out our crazy-themed books.  You can find these and other western-themed books every day at Young’s Western Wear!

"Crazy Horse and Chief Red Cloud," by Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, is a collection of translated interviews, reflections, and portrayals of the two famous Lakota personages that focuses on their shared spirituality and rich culture that shaped them as important leaders.  "Crazy Horse: The Strange man of the Oglalas" is the famous and time-honored biography of the Sioux leader by the Sandhills native and nationally acclaimed author Mari Sandoz.  "Crazy Woman Creek," ed. Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis, is a collection of poetry and short stories that rewrites the narrative of the American West from a woman's point of view, challenging stereotypes and revealing the reality of life on the modern frontier.

“Crazy Horse and Chief Red Cloud,” by Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, is a collection of translated interviews, reflections, and portrayals of the two famous Lakota personages that focuses on their shared spirituality and rich culture that shaped them as important leaders. “Crazy Horse: The Strange man of the Oglalas” is the famous and time-honored biography of the Sioux leader by the Sandhills native and nationally acclaimed author Mari Sandoz. “Crazy Woman Creek,” ed. Linda M. Hasselstrom, Gaydell Collier, and Nancy Curtis, is a collection of poetry and short stories that rewrites the narrative of the American West from a woman’s point of view, challenging stereotypes and revealing the reality of life on the modern frontier.

And that’s not all that’s crazy at Young’s.

Who will challenge this crazy blogger to a bull-riding competition?

Who will challenge this crazy blogger to a bull-riding competition?

 

You just never know what kinds of crazy things you’ll find at Young’s, be they crazy deals or crazy people.  Come see for yourself at Crazy Days!  See you Saturday!

What are you looking for this weekend for Crazy Days?

Are you getting up early to catch the crazy deals all over town?

How have you survived without a Young’s blog for two weeks?

Mural Madness

It’s been a busy week here at Young’s Western Wear!  If you’ve been into the store before, you may have noticed our artwork in the back room, the Jeans and Workwear Department.  Local artist Matt Lanz has been crafting a one-of-a-kind mural to depict the story of the store, the region, and the people that have made it great.  Last Friday, the final pieces of the mural were delivered to the store.

Artist Matt Lanz (L) and his son Jarred carefully bring in a panel of the Cowboys and Indians mural section.

Artist Matt Lanz (L) and his son Jarred carefully bring in a panel of the Cowboys and Indians mural section.

The existing portion of the mural depicted local Nebraska and Valentine history, as well as some local Native American figures from the Rosebud Sioux tribe.  The new sections add to this and depict some famous cowboys.  Can you name any of these movie stars?

Panel 1 of 2 in the famous movie cowboys series.  Stop in the store to see who else made the list. (Hint: "There's a snake in my boot!")

Panel 1 of 2 in the famous movie cowboys series. Stop in the store to see who else made the list. (Hint: “There’s a snake in my boot!”)

We also have our own local celebrities represented, such as our boot repairman, Johnny Kolessa.  How did we ever get Johnny to sit for the mural?  SMILE!  You’re on candid canvas!

Young's own Johnny Kolessa, long time boot and saddle repairman.  The foundations of Young's Western Wear go back to 1928 when Curtis Young came to Valentine and set up shop as a boot repairman.  We're proud to still offer those same services today.

Young’s own Johnny Kolessa, long time boot and saddle repairman. The foundations of Young’s Western Wear go back to 1928 when Curtis Young came to Valentine and set up shop as a boot repairman. We’re proud to still offer those same services today.

The mural also gives us the chance to reflect back on what the store and its people mean to us.  Here, Mike stands with his mother, Mary, and daughter, Katie, along with a portrait of his late father Cork Young.  The artist’s strong conception of family and passing traditions down through the generations is shared by the Young family.

Three generations of the Young family along with a portrait of the late great Cork Young.

Three generations of the Young family along with a portrait of the late great Cork Young.

Stay tuned to the blog and to our facebook page for video footage of the murals and their delivery, as well as exclusive interviews with the artist and the commissioner of the murals (aka Boss Mike).  Thanks to Matt for all his dedication to this beautiful work!

About the artist:

Matthew J. Lanz specializes in bronzes, oil and acrylic painting, custom woodcarving, hide painting, and Native American apparel.  Check out his gallery of recent artwork at www.flickr.com/photos/mattlanz

 

Under Armour (aka Thursday’s Great Debate)

Hey cowfolks, happy Thursday!

Mike Young strolled in fresh from Montana wearing an Under Armour shirt.  So we figured we’d better blog about it.

Thus Commences Thursday’s Great Debate:  whether Under Armour clothing is for summer or for school.  I mean, you just never know when you need to be sporty AND colorful at the same time.  It’s all about fitting in – I mean, standing out! – folks.

Left Behind reference?  Anyone?

Left Behind reference? Anyone?

Young’s Western Wear has ALL the Under Armour gear.  If you run, if you’re heading to volleyball camp, if you walk your dog at 6:00 a.m., if you tube down the Niobrara river and forget your sunscreen…well, you’ve gotta dress the part.  Shorts? Shirts? Tank? Bra? Sweet neon shoes?  We have ‘em.

Stacked for Action.

Stacked for Action.

The crew at Young’s Western Wear was tied – three voted for summer apparel, three decided School + Under Armour = Way Cool.  Mary cast her ballot both ways…huh?  Our conclusion?  Better stock up for both.

Sneak Attack! Tim and Mike wearing YWW Under Armour shirts.  They didn't want their pictures taken, if you couldn't tell.

Sneak Attack! Tim and Mike wearing YWW Under Armour shirts. They didn’t want their pictures taken, if you couldn’t tell.

 Where is your favorite place to wear Under Armour clothing?

Mike wears Under Armour to Montana and back.  Tim uses it as his work shirt.

Summer or Fall?

 

YWW Has Smashing Time At The Derby

What’s the best thing about the 4th of July?  The flags a wavin’, cars a smashin’, fireworks in the Sandhills sky, and oh, yeah, Mike Young buys the YWW crew pizza!

Putting Up The Flags

Young’s Western Wear puts up the flags every day, but on the 4th of July, it means a little bit more.

YWW was open Thursday morning for the 4th of July parade.  When the fire sirens signaled the start of the parade at 10 a.m. sharp, Mike Young scrambled up onto the roof to get the best view in town.   The rest of us sold some belts and occasionally darted out the door to pick up candy off the street.   Most of the town turned out for the parade.  Nothing like a small town celebration of our favorite country!

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Mike watching the parade

Those who didn’t show up to watch the Valentine parade were probably already camped out at the Cherry County Fairgrounds for the Demolition Derby, because by the time we got there, all the parking spots were taken!

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Derby Finale – Winner Travis Bostock was driving the light blue car

YWW’s own Ken F. announced the Derby.  Thanks to some spectacular smashing and crashing, the excitement of a girl driving along with the boys (You Go, Alyssa!), and quite a number of failed t-shirt tosses, the Derby was one heck of a time.  Congrats to Travis Bostock, the winner of this year’s Cherry County Ag Society Demolition Derby!

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The Derby ended in fire — Works, that is!  What a great way to celebrate the 4th of July!

  • What did YOU do for the 4th of July?
  • Did anyone spot Mary Young at the derby?

Happy Independence Day!

The summer is heating up at Young’s Western Wear, and it’s time to get the blog going again!  This summer, we’ll be bringing you all the hottest deals in Valentine as well as a little small-town charm from the Heart of the Sandhills.  There’s no better time than summer to stop into the store here on Main Street or to shop online at DIscountWesternWear.com!  This week, we join the nation in the celebration of our independence.  We’ll be open tomorrow, July 4th from 9am-2pm, so stop in before or after the parade to pick up some festive patriotic gear!

Ladies' Ariat "Fatbaby" Freedom Collection

Celebrate your freedom in style with these Ladies’ Ariat “Fatbaby” Freedom Collection cowgirl boots. Pink or patriotic colors, you choose!

Boulet American Flag boots

These Men’s Boulet American flag cowboy boots are just waiting for the right statesman to snatch them up. Only one left, and just in time for Independence Day!

Check out our red, white, and blue display for ladies featuring Miss Me jeans with American flag pockets.  On sale now for $99.95.

Check out our red, white, and blue display for ladies featuring Miss Me jeans with American flag pockets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We don't just wear our colors, we drink them too! This Pendleton Brave Star Travel Mug is the perfect Independence Day gift for the patriotic coffee-drinker in your life. Just take Pendleton's word for it: "This contemporary interpretation of the American flag is a celebration of the patriotism of Native Americans."

We don’t just wear our colors, we drink them too! This Pendleton Brave Star Travel Mug is the perfect Independence Day gift for the patriotic coffee-drinker in your life. Just take Pendleton’s word for it: “This contemporary interpretation of the American flag is a celebration of the patriotism of Native Americans.”