The Tack and Western store at Country Road Farms in Jackson County began decades ago as a small mom & pop shop by Doug Hall and Sue Hall. With an established nursery and garden center, the business expanded in 1996 to include the tack and western shop to meet the needs of their customers.
To keep the nursery and garden center sustainable all year long, the tack and western store was established to help sustain Country Road Farms through the winter months. An old 800 ft square foot craft shop was converted for the original building used to house the store.
When the store started, it was focused on selling horse tack, as there was no other place to buy it within 50 miles. They started by selling or trading saddles and horse trailers. Over the years, the store has expanded and evolved little by little to meet the growing needs of the community. First they started carrying work boots, then hunting gear— then grew to become an official Carhartt dealer.
Over the last 25 years, the store has constantly grown — and is still growing. Now at 4,000 square feet, about 70 percent of the store is clothing and apparel.
“We now carry a variety of horse tack and supplies, men’s women’s and kid’s clothing and boots, medical uniforms, dog items: collars, leashes and bandanas, also jewelry, and home decor,” said store manager Morgan Buchanan. “We carry all sorts of brands: Carhartt, Wrangler, Ariat, Circle Y, Tucker, and Old South just to name a few.”
What started as a way to generate a profit through the slower winter months has grown into a community staple and frequent stop for working families across Western North Carolina. Celebrating its 25th years in business this year, Country Road Farms Tack and Western Store exemplifies what it means to evolve and grow to meet the demand and needs of the industry.
Country Road Farms is located at 41 Hall Town Rd, Sylva, NC 28779.