Businesses rev up for special Mother’s Day event

by nathan oster

If you’re searching for something that perfect gift, the three days that immediately precede Mother’s Day on Sunday, June 10 might be the perfect opportunity for you to rediscover, or in some cases discover, what Greybull merchants have to offer.

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the Shop Local for Mother’s Day promotion, which begins Thursday, May 7 and ends Saturday, May 9.

“From our point of view, there are a lot of exciting things happening in town right now,” said Selena Brown, the executive director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s not going to be anything formal; it’ll just be a celebration of our new and existing businesses.”

If you want to get a head start on your Mother’s Day shopping, Saturday is the day of the annual Big Horn Co-op open house. While not in a “downtown” business, it is located on Greybull’s second main street, Sixth Street.

“In reality, we have two main streets,” emphasized Brown, noting that businesses on both Sixth Street and Greybull Avenue are planning open houses or in-store specials in conjunction with the Mother’s Day promotion. “This is going to be an opportunity to support our roots.”

In addition to what’s going on in existing stores, the three-day promotion is also expected to include an unveiling of sorts for two of downtown Greybull’s newest business ventures.

An open house is tentatively planned for Friday, May 8 at Crazy Woman Crossing, which is going into the part of the former Big Horn Quilts building lying next door to the law offices of Hallman, Hunt and Mickelson.

Holton and Lori Harter are spearheading the project.

When it’s complete, Crazy Woman Crossing will feature three businesses in one. Up front will be Crazy Woman Trading Post, selling T-shirts and novelty gifts, as well as Hen House II, an offshoot of a successful Lovell business dealing in antiques and “chic” women’s clothing.

To the rear of the building, the Salon Bijou has been open for the past several weeks. Stylist Stacey Peck is a new arrival to the community, coming here from Michigan.

Lori Harter said the building’s history — built in 1916, it was the second theater in town — is being incorporated into all aspects of its renovation.

Meanwhile, two doors down to the west in the former hardware store, Bootlegger Imporium is coming into focus. Myles Foley owns the building and was busy this week working on the building’s façade. He said he’s hopeful a sign will be in place in time for the three-day Mothers Day promotion.

The Imporium will continue to feature Chris Seibert and her Cricket’s Corner as well as exhibits from the Bighorn Basin Geoscience Center.

In addition, Foley is in the process of adding another option for people looking to satisfy their sweet tooth in the form of soft-serve ice cream and candy.

And while The Country Flower’s new building on North Sixth Street won’t be finished, Clay and Heidi Capser Collingwood hope to have their greenhouse moved and set up at that location in time for Mother’s Day.