Text by Jim Knippenberg
Photos by Brandi Stafford
No doubt about it, Riders in the Sky, those four singing cowboys, bring out the west in people. Even people who spend their week days in business gear go cowpoke chic for the occasion.
Witness Friday night at the Taft Theatre, when the saddle pals donned their Western wear and came out to hoot. They drew an audience of nearly 1,000. Not all of them dressed for the West, but some did. Because it's the cowboy way.
Where to find Western look
Cowboys and cowgirls looking for just the right Western gear have a million choices - 1,560,000 hits when you type "Western wear" on a Google search.
But for up-close browsing, try:
Liberty Western, 727 Cincinnati Ave. (U.S. 42), Lebanon; (888) 933-0900. The 4,000-square-foot store 30 minutes north of Cincinnati is a mecca for retro Western of the Roy Rogers, 1950s' variety - exactly the stuff Riders in the Sky wear. It also sells 1800s period wear and up-to-the-minute Western wear with fringes, glitter and piping all over the place. Visit online at www.cowboysource.com.
Tonto Rim Trading Co., 5028 N. Highway 31, Seymour, IN; (800) 242-4287. With 5,000 square feet of display space, this is a shrine among the Western crowd. Its niche is 1800s' period Western wear, but there's also the modern stuff - beaded and fringed shirts, Wranglers, big belt buckles. It's 90 minutes from Cincinnati, or shop online at www.tontorim.com.
Jim and Chuck's, 8325 Colerain Ave., Groesbeck, 741-7005. It specializes in boots and dusters (coats).
Boot Country, 7545 Mall Road, Florence (859-371-2713); 11551 Chester Road, Sharonville (772-2238); 1233 Old State Route 74, Withamsville (752-6967). There's a wide range - boots, hats, dusters, jeans, flashy belt buckles and kids clothes. Shop in person or online at www.workcountry.com.
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