bldg-front-buggyChuck Paul always wanted to be a cowboy and, at the very least, this horse owner is a “reel” cowboy, riding horses in recent Western hits such as HBO’s Deadwood, TNT’s Into the West and CBS’s upcoming Comanche Moon miniseries.

Even more important, though, Chuck is bringing his cowboy dream to others through his retail business,, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In the early 1970s, Chuck was based in Chicago, Illinois (he’s still got the accent), working in sales as a manager and buyer. But around 1976, he bought a horse and began riding bareback broncs in the International Rodeo Association. He couldn’t find many Western wear and saddle shops around the city, so he decided to open up his own store, featuring boots and hats of his own design.

He also sold brand name products from companies such as the American Hat Company, Beaver Brands and Hondo Boots—Western product companies where Chuck later worked as a sales representative for more than a decade. “I learned that not only must I sell top quality products, but I also have to really serve the customer. Today, I do it all myself— has one employee: me. That way I make sure that everything is just right. I strive to represent the best in the West.”

About eight years ago, Chuck made the move “Out West,” leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the big city for the tranquility of New Mexico. He quickly opened another retail operation, this time online— And he’s been working at it ever since. Chuck’s store offers a huge variety of items—not just Western wear or tack and saddlery, but home décor including lighting fixtures and accessories, furniture, sculptures, collectible Kachinas and rugs. He also offers an entertainment section, featuring Western books, music and DVDs (his favorite is The Searchers). You can complete the chuckwagon with dishes, silverware and glasses.

It’s all part of Chuck’s dream—the one he shares with his friends and customers of

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Delaware Hotel & Mercantile

Leadville, Colorado, is one of those legendary places in Old West history.

Doc Holliday spent time there. So did the Tabors, Horace and Baby Doe, with their mining interests. Butch Cassidy and the boys passed through town. And all of them spent time at the Delaware Hotel.

The Callaway brothers (originally from Delaware, hence the name) built the place and several other structures in town. They were dedicated to providing a high-quality experience for those who visited. And current owner Gail Dunning is following in those big footsteps.

Gail left the corporate rat race (communications and advertising) to take on the challenge of the Delaware in 2000.  She and husband Kit Williams had to learn fast, by reading books, attending lectures, taking classes and joining hospitality associations. But most of the learning occurred on the job—working with customers who were looking for a place to stay or a good restaurant to dine
at or for a mercantile that offered worthy mementos.

Catering to customers’ requests required a lot of rolling up the shirt sleeves during 100 hour-plus work weeks. “The time commitment is a choice,” Gail says. “The reward is laughter, new friendships and showcasing history through contemporary venues like ours.”

The Delaware is a unique place. Sure, there are a number of museum-quality exhibits throughout the hotel. And there are antiques in every room. But where else can you sleep in a brass bed at night—and then buy it in the morning? Or enjoy a “cowboy tea” featuring pastrami sandwiches, pretzels and beer served in tinware?

Gail has obviously learned the business quite well. And the ghosts of Doc and Baby Doe, still walking the hallways of the Delaware Hotel, would undoubtedly agree.

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