Belles and Beaus store in Fremont County changes locations

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 10:51 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

One local store owner unexpectedly moved locations amid the pandemic, and she has had a warm welcome to the community.

Janet Winslow, owner of the artisan-focused clothing and more boutique, Belles and Beaus, said that if it weren’t for the changes brought about from COVID, she wouldn’t have had this surprising opportunity to move her store front from Lander to Riverton.

When asked about her previous store in Lander, Winslow said, “It was a beautiful store with great windows, right next to the movie theater. And then COVID hit and everything changed for everybody. And the Nature Conservancy was having challenges deciding what they were doing, and what they were doing with us, and we totally understood that. And we had real financial uncertainty.”

She had owned Belles and Beaus in Lander since 2017, but when COVID hit, Winslow and her landlord had to make some difficult decisions regarding their future. Ultimately, she ended up looking for another venue for her business.

Winslow has a real estate background, so when she saw a vacant building on Main St. in Riverton, it immediately caught her eye. However, being a business owner, she has always been more of a planner, and not given to sporadic ideas. However, she thought it would be worth giving a look, and in a matter of days, she found out she loved it, and purchased the two-story property.

It worked out perfectly and she is excited to help Riverton’s downtown continue to flourish. She opened her doors on Main St. in July. Even though the move was fast and unplanned, she was thankful she had a chance to let customers know what the plan was.

“The last two weeks of June people were coming out more and so it gave us an opportunity to have that face to face conversation with our customers and explain to them what we were doing rather than just an email or just waking up and there’s a vacant store because it was fast. It was like within 10 days,” said Winslow.

She said she’s featuring about 11 local artists right now, and is open for more artisans to bring their work to the shop to sell their handmade goods.

This beautiful storefront with high ceilings and hardwood floors was built in the early 1900′s, so it has a lot to offer she said. Besides the beauty, there is room to grow, as the purchase of the property came with an additional storefront next door, and upstairs spaces too.

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