I enjoy looking to those in the spotlight, whether it be famous country singers or pro cowboys and cowgirls, for style inspiration. You never know what you might find and what just may be the next big thing in western fashion!
I love Luke Bryan’s casual country boy look and I think most guys (although they would never admit it) would relate to his style………who wouldn’t feel comfortable in a tee, jeans, and a ball cap, right?
I wish I still had the business plan I created for my Entrepreneurship class in high school, or at the very least I wish I could remember what name I had conjured up for it. Just to compare any similarities or perhaps to see how far out to lunch I was………I was (and still am) a big dreamer!
I started using the name Dusty Road when I first started delving into portrait photography but quickly dropped it for Kimberley Eklund Photography with advice from a mentor. I still loved the name though, probably because I actually live down a dusty gravel road myself!
The Dusty Road to me means rustic, country, and nostalgia…….which is also my vision for my store. It is a natural fit.
My dusty road!
Aside from carrying the popular western apparel brands (and some non traditional brands as well), the Dusty Road will be a place to find quality products curated locally or as close to local as possible allowing visitors to find both special pieces for themselves and meaningful gifts for others.
My hope is to also create a place where visitors feel like hanging around for awhile, think good old fashioned, down-home hospitality.
Over the next 5 months and beyond I will continue to share some more of the behind the scenes……..ideas, inspiration, projects, and even some of the #fails! I would love to hear from you too. Your ideas, opinions, and thoughts…don’t be afraid to share them.
So, since my exciting announcement about my new store opening in January 2014 I think it is appropriate to make a little shift in focus on this here blog!
If this is the first time you happen to be visiting The Dusty Road Blog, thanks for stopping by! My name is Kimberley, I would love for you to join me on my new adventure!
A love for the western lifestyle runs deep in my veins. I grew up on a mixed farm with both grain and livestock and I always had at least two or three horses to ride. I spent many years in 4-H showing cattle and horses and I was a competitive barrel racer traveling all over to rodeos. To this day I still raise cattle, ride and train horses, and just recently started barrel racing again. It is without a doubt a life I wouldn’t trade for anything (although a warmer climate in the winter would be much appreciated by me!).
I have had a dream that I pretty much kept secret since I was in high school…..that dream was to own my own western wear & tack store. I even created a business plan for it as part of an assignment for an Entrepreneurship class in grade 12. Throughout the following years I hadn’t given it too much thought but I am not one to let a good dream go and it was always in the back of my mind.
Fast forward 10 years and that dream is becoming a reality!
Although I don’t take possession of my new store for another 5 months I am hoping my blog can create a little bit of community behind it…..I will post things such as inspiration, western style, interesting products, behind the scenes of developing my store, and some of my personal ramblings scattered throughout.
Happy Canada Day to all of my fellow Canadians! I hope you have made plans to enjoy and appreciate our great country today! We are makin’ hay for our cattle and horses this weekend but I am hoping if things go right that we can head on over to our local regional park and go for a swim and take in the festivities later on.
In honour of Canada Day I have rounded up a few of my favorite Canadian themed goodies from Etsy. I love to support our Canadian Etsy artisans as much as I can, whenever I am looking for something I search all the “Canada” stores first!
This typography artwork pieces would look great in a modern wall display!
I need to get one of these “i love Canada” watercolor prints!
I have a soft spot for notebooks……this would be great to take traveling don’t ya think?!?
Ok, you have to admit this is pretty cute!
Wear your Canadian pride around your neck…..
or on your ears……
or embroidered on your sleeve!
Need a hand carved stamp for your artwork or scrapbooking?
There is much more where these came from so if you have a minute today cruise on over to Etsy and take advantage of the Shop Local search feature and support one of you closer to home artisans on this great Canada Day!