What does a Cowgirl (wanna-be) do on a sunny Monday afternoon? Well, of course she goes to historic DeTro’s Western Store in Riverside, Washington. “Riverside has a history replete with freighting, shipping, and considerable roistering. Much more quiet today, the place has not become a ghost town.” – from an old postcard given to me by Dawn at DeTro’s.
(pause) I need to give credit to a very nice businessman in Okanogan, Washington and Bob from Livestock Cafe for suggesting I visit this store while in the area.
I was like a kid in a candy store – everything that makes me fall in love with the idea of becoming a cowgirl is there (well, except a horse and Ryan Bingham) – RED and all different colors of cowboy boots, Western clothing, hats, jewelry, Annie Oakley Honeysuckle perfume (ooh-lah-lah), and some “bling-bling” belts and purses. Of course, being the authentic Western supply store, it also has a selection of saddles and tack, ropes, and chaps. Hea-ven!
*I decided to bring Ryan with me through YouTube, since he was unable to join me in my Wanderabout Field Trip.
What could make it even better? Well….Tegan. I saw him walk into DeTro’s with a real cowboy walk and big, sparkling eyes. I asked him if he was a cowboy and the answer came out fast – “Yes!”
“Well then, let’s get you in a cowboy shirt, chaps, and cowboy hat and show the girls how you can break their hearts later.” Dawn smiled and grabbed a pair of chaps and a Wrangler shirt while his mom found both of us real cowboy hats. Then Dawn helped me with a pair of chinks (I’m a cowgirl WANNA-BE…now I know what they are and how they go on) – the cowhide ones. Woot!
We saddled Tegan up and that little cowboy was tellin’ me some mighty tall tales. He’s gonna be a heart breaker for sure!
After playing around a bit, I scoped out the store which is chock-a-block full of authentic Western attire, saddles, ropes, and everything real cowboys, Rodeo Queens, and posers need. It’s historic…classic…and a place you can yell, “Yippee-Ki-Yi-Yay!” and nobody will look at you strangely, unless you think laughing and smiling is a “strangely” look.
When you’re out on a Sunday drive, road trip, family vacation, or heading to the Omak Stampede, and you find Riverside, Washington on your map, I highly recommend you make a stop, add a little side trip, and have some fun. Shop where the real cowgirls and cowboys come from all over.
DeTro’s Western Store is located 6 miles north of Omak, just off highway 97 in Riverside at 107 Main St. They are open Monday – Thursday, 10 am – 6 pm, Friday, 9 am – 6:30 pm, and Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. They are closed on Saturday.