Special? Many reasons for the Cradleboard to be special. Let's start off with the greeting. A welcoming hello and Sherrian took me by the hand. She and her husband Paul, co-own the gift store and were very helpful in locating that perfect piece of turquoise jewelry my wife was looking for.
Turquoise jewelry is only a part of this expansive gift store. The typical tourist gifts are here, but so are many other fine art and jewelry hand made by Native Americans.
What to buy: If you are looking for Native American artworks and jewelry is among the art pieces, then head on over to the Cradleboard to check out the many items that may be exactly what you want.
What to pay: You can pick up a rock for under a buck or go for a piece of art, that you don't want to know the price. The prices seemed fair and some things seemed undervalued.
As you walk the streets of this small town, you will find an assortment of stores, including bakeries, art galleries, and specialty shops. You will find such items as custom designed jewelry, Indian handicrafts, western clothing, homemade candy, ice cream cones, fly-fishing items, sports equipment, original artwork and prints, plus souvenirs such as t-shirts and huckleberry jam and candies. You will also find shops where you may rent bikes, cross country ski’s, and snowshoes.
The Eagle’s Store, located on Canyon Street, is the place to purchase name brand western and sports wear, including hiking boots. You will find such brands as Tony Lama, Stetson, Lee, Woolrich, and Columbia. The store also carries jewelry, crafts, and a number of sports items including fishing tackle, and backpacking items.
The Yellowstone Trading Post Gift Shop is located in the IMAX theatre, at 101 S Canyon Street. I purchased a number of items for my grandchild in this shop. I especially loved the fancy socks I purchased for her. One was a colorful pair with a bear hugging her ankles. The store carries such things as jewelry, kitchen wares, clothing, home decorating items such as statuary, souvenirs, DVDs of some of their shows, and food items. My second photo is of this shop. The shop is on the left side of the photo, with the theater on the right.
There is a Radio Shack located on Dunraven Street. This store carries cell phone items, computer supplies, digital cameras, satellite radios, memory cards, batteries, and a number of other electronic items.
Smith and Chandler has been in West Yellowstone since 1925, although it came under new owners in l971. The building that you see, is not the original, as that one burned down, and was replaced with the rustic looking one you see today. This is a gift shop, a place to purchase items for friends, family, or yourself. They carry souvenirs, clothing, books, postcards, huckleberry items, custom knives, handicrafts, and jewelry. The store is located on Yellowstone Avenue.
I didn't do any shopping here except for gas. But there are groceries available
What to buy: Things that are available include
• Custom-designed jewelry created by a local silversmith.
• Specialty “Made in Montana” products and Indian handicrafts.
• Yellowstone memorabilia, authentic western wear, and antiques.
• A wildlife Christmas ornament, homemade fudge and taffy, or a fresh-baked treat.
• Fly-fishing stores and outfitter
• Prints and paintings from local artists.
A must visit is in order for this jack of all trades store. The name Eagle's comes from one of the original owners, Samuel Peter Eagle, who in 1908 started a general store business with Alex Stuart. Two years later, the Stuart family began their own store and the Eagle family stayed at the general store's location and it has been Eagle's Store ever since.
The website for the store has the whole story and everything that is for sale in the store. Part of the walk through of the store brought me to a wonderful surprise. Turn a corner in the back of the store and there sits an original soda fountain added in 1910. You must sit down and order a chocolate soda on one of the stools with the leather seat still the same as when installed. This store has it all from the tourist trinkets to upscale western wear. Why, the tackle shop (S.P.Eagle was the first licensed guide in Yellowstone) inside has everything for fishing inside Yellowstone National Park.
What to buy: The western wear section isn't just for tourist trade. A genuine Stetson hat, the one that no cowboy would be without, is a great purchase at Eagle's Store. Boots are also available, but I broke mine in many years ago (wouldn't want to do that again), so I walked away from the boot section.
What to pay: Buy a trinket, get away cheap. Buy a hat and not only will you look good, you will leave a few double eagles (no pun intended) at Eagle's Store.