The Beginning

Written by Tom Yoder

I remember getting to work early that morning, Thanksgiving Day 1990.  Early in those days for me meant before 5:00 A.M., a habit I kept several days a week during those two and a half years in Snowmass.  But this day was special…. This was the Grand Opening Day for Kemo Sabe!!

Nancy, Gina (our 13-year-old daughter) and I had stayed until late the night before, preparing for the mad rush that we would surely face the next day.  But that’s one thing that didn’t go quite as planned: not a person walked into the store.  Finally, a guy came in to ask where he could find a swim suit because he had forgotten his and wanted to get in the hotel’s hot tub.  Oh, My Gosh, what retail geniuses Nancy and I were because we anticipated this and actually had men’s swimsuits!  (I ain’t makin’ this up…) Life was PERFECT… except for the fact that I couldn’t get the puck in the net. The guy walked on me!!!

A few hours later Nancy made our first sale ever – a Ralph Marlin fish tie, for twelve bucks.  Kemo Sabe had blasted off from the launch pad!

We stayed open that day ‘til after 9:00 PM, probably three hours later than any other shop in the mall. And it was worth it too – we achieved $284 in sales that day, only $16 less than our goal of $300.  The next day, Black Friday and THE busiest shopping day of the year wasn’t quite as good to us…. We pitched a shut-out.

Commitment to Customer Service

Almost every single one of our customers appreciates the West, especially all the things that go along with bein’ a Cowboy: honesty, integrity, havin’ a horse as a friend and pardner and, of course, wearin’ a Stetson and a great pair of boots.

Sometimes Kemo Sabe is referred to as being a  “friendly” place. Well that sure is nice to hear and Nancy and I are proud of it, but any business can be friendly. We want to be a lot more than that. We are determined to be experts at what we do, which is helping you get the hat, or pair of boots, or belt and buckle that is best for YOU!

Picking out the right pair of boots or best Stetson for you is a lot more complicated than ordering up two scoops of chocolate at the ice cream store, so at Kemo Sabe, we invest an awful lot into having the best staff that we possibly can. See, we want to be a lot more than friendly–we want to be real pros.

We’ll make you this promise: when you leave Kemo Sabe, you will have what is best for you. Boots, hats, belts, buckles and anything and everything that we have in our store. We actually love the gear and goods that we have and how they help bring out the best in all of us, most likely ‘cause our stuff has a tie to the West and to the Cowboy. We have been around long enough, and we sell enough, that we’re just not gonna let you get something that isn’t right for you.

We look forward to seeing you and hearing from you.

Tom and Nancy Yoder
Owners and Founders

P.S. In case you noticed, at Kemo Sabe we always capitalize Cowboy. We figure that if titles like President and Senator should be capitalized, then Cowboy darn well should be too.

What Our Customers Say

Danny and Robyn

Danny and Robyn "Here is a picture of a wonderful hat I bought with my wife (Robyn) on our last trip to Vail.  Love the store and the people you have there."  Danny

Danny and Robyn

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Danny and Robyn

Danny and Robyn "Here is a picture of a wonderful hat I bought with my wife (Robyn) on our last trip to Vail.  Love the store and the people you have there."  Danny

Bob and Varda Jablin

Bob Jablin and his wife, Varda have been shopping at Kemo Sabe for over 12 years!  Talk about dedication!  We have to keep coming up with new boots every season so they have something to buy!  But, that's not why we love them so much! We love Bob and Varda because they are true friends of Kemo Sabe!  Bob even went on our overnight ride with us.....here's a picture to prove it!
2016-10-09T15:05:13+00:00
Bob Jablin and his wife, Varda have been shopping at Kemo Sabe for over 12 years!  Talk about dedication!  We have to keep coming up with new boots every season so they have something to buy!  But, that's not why we love them so much! We love Bob and Varda because they are true friends of Kemo Sabe!  Bob even went on our overnight ride with us.....here's a picture to prove it!

Mark Blanton

Met four of the staff of Kemo Sabe at the Belly Up and several of them were wearing hats from the store. When I inquired where they were from, I planned a trip there the next day. You must stop in and get one of these Aspen treasures! The staff is amazing, helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Do I need to say I have a hat being made as we speak, can't wait to wear it!

Kemo Sabe Facebook Review
2016-10-18T09:26:44+00:00
Met four of the staff of Kemo Sabe at the Belly Up and several of them were wearing hats from the store. When I inquired where they were from, I planned a trip there the next day. You must stop in and get one of these Aspen treasures! The staff is amazing, helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Do I need to say I have a hat being made as we speak, can't wait to wear it! Kemo Sabe Facebook Review

Teresa Carpenter-Dupree

Where do I start? From the nicest young ladies to help you and very knowledgable about their merchandise. They have some of the most unique item I have seen. They offer personalized branding on leather products. They shipped by freight an Elk Floor Lamp to me and it is awesome. My BFF Renee Pope Johnson totally feels the same way.

Facebook Review: October 6, 2016
2016-10-18T09:44:48+00:00
Where do I start? From the nicest young ladies to help you and very knowledgable about their merchandise. They have some of the most unique item I have seen. They offer personalized branding on leather products. They shipped by freight an Elk Floor Lamp to me and it is awesome. My BFF Renee Pope Johnson totally feels the same way. Facebook Review: October 6, 2016

Ed Seifert

Strolled in while on vacation. My wife totally fell in love with everything in the store. Michelle was awesome and got my wife hooked up with a sweet cowboy hat. I passed the time with an ice cold beer. Thanks Michelle!!
2016-10-18T09:45:28+00:00
Strolled in while on vacation. My wife totally fell in love with everything in the store. Michelle was awesome and got my wife hooked up with a sweet cowboy hat. I passed the time with an ice cold beer. Thanks Michelle!!

Terry Holbrook

I luv luv luv everything about my experience the past three years at Kemo Sabe!! Fun fun fun!! Always Rockin & Rollin!! Thank you girls for all your help!!! Call me when the boots come in Jen!!! My daughter LOVES her purse!! My nephews love their boots with their names on the back!! They even branded their names on them right in front of me!!! See ya'll soon!!!!!

Facebook Review: January 7, 2016
2016-10-18T09:46:59+00:00
I luv luv luv everything about my experience the past three years at Kemo Sabe!! Fun fun fun!! Always Rockin & Rollin!! Thank you girls for all your help!!! Call me when the boots come in Jen!!! My daughter LOVES her purse!! My nephews love their boots with their names on the back!! They even branded their names on them right in front of me!!! See ya'll soon!!!!! Facebook Review: January 7, 2016

Wendy Cali

Chanel and Lindy are the absolute best sales girls in Vegas. Hard to leave the store. Such a fun experience

Facebook Review: July 13, 2016
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Chanel and Lindy are the absolute best sales girls in Vegas. Hard to leave the store. Such a fun experience Facebook Review: July 13, 2016

Marc

"I am in Las Vegas for a couple days to relax, take in a couple shows, and enjoy some of the sites.  Yesterday I was out for a walk and when passing by your store I stopped in when I noticed the hats and boots visible from the front window (not something I have worn in decades, but reminded me of a throwback to my younger days).  I came in to browse not buy, but Ariana took the time to answer my questions and more importantly provide me with a wealth of information about the various makers of the boots  and what made them high quality items worth owning.  On my way out of the store I noticed the belt buckles and once again Ariana provided me with the history of the buckle maker, where they had started their business, where they are based today, as well as a description of the differences between how the various buckles were made.


Right about now you are probably wondering why you are reading this note.  Well, while pondering the belt buckle selection I noticed your case of rare collector knifes.  Once again, Ariana was extremely knowledgeable about each of the knifes and based on her credibility, terrific personality, and genuine interest in making certain I would be happy with my purchase,  I bought a William Henry  B06 Shroud and a William Henry B30 Yosemite.


I wanted you to know that you are very lucky to have an employee like Ariana.  I am a business owner and know how beneficial it is to have an employee that understands what they are doing, goes out of their way to assist customers, genuinely cares about the customer being happy with their purchase and is a pleasure to deal with. 


I know I will enjoy the knifes for years to come, but will also remember the wonderful experience created by Ariana while shopping in your store.


Kind regards,


Marc"


2016-10-18T09:49:05+00:00
"I am in Las Vegas for a couple days to relax, take in a couple shows, and enjoy some of the sites.  Yesterday I was out for a walk and when passing by your store I stopped in when I noticed the hats and boots visible from the front window (not something I have worn in decades, but reminded me of a throwback to my younger days).  I came in to browse not buy, but Ariana took the time to answer my questions and more importantly provide me with a wealth of information about the various makers of the boots  and what made them high quality items worth owning.  On my way out of the store I noticed the belt buckles and once again Ariana provided me with the history of the buckle maker, where they had started their business, where they are based today, as well as a description of the differences between how the various buckles were made. Right about now you are probably wondering why you are reading this note.  Well, while pondering the belt buckle selection I noticed your case of rare collector knifes.  Once again, Ariana was extremely knowledgeable about each of the knifes and based on her credibility, terrific personality, and genuine interest in making certain I would be happy with my purchase,  I bought a William Henry  B06 Shroud and a William Henry B30 Yosemite. I wanted you to know that you are very lucky to have an employee like Ariana.  I am a business owner and know how beneficial it is to have an employee that understands what they are doing, goes out of their way to assist customers, genuinely cares about the customer being happy with their purchase and is a pleasure to deal with.  I know I will enjoy the...

Lori Britton

We loved everyone we met in the store, helpful and friendly and genuinely interested in their customers. The merchandise is gorgeous with a truly western flair.

Facebook Review: August 17, 2016
2016-10-18T09:50:47+00:00
We loved everyone we met in the store, helpful and friendly and genuinely interested in their customers. The merchandise is gorgeous with a truly western flair. Facebook Review: August 17, 2016

Rae Rae Esters

Tis the season! I love shopping Kemo Sabe.. every year I shop for that special someone. Love, love this place. If I could frequent this place more often my entire wordrobe would be all Kemo Sabe western wear... friendly staff all down to earth true cowboys and cowgirls with southern hospitality. Can't wait to visit again this yr. Kemo Sabe Aspen, Co 81611 is where it's at. Yeppie! #boyhowdy

Facebook Review: November 27, 2015
2016-10-18T09:51:46+00:00
Tis the season! I love shopping Kemo Sabe.. every year I shop for that special someone. Love, love this place. If I could frequent this place more often my entire wordrobe would be all Kemo Sabe western wear... friendly staff all down to earth true cowboys and cowgirls with southern hospitality. Can't wait to visit again this yr. Kemo Sabe Aspen, Co 81611 is where it's at. Yeppie! #boyhowdy Facebook Review: November 27, 2015

Sonya P S Anderson

Absolutely my favorite store on the planet! The guys and gals who man the store are so helpful and are good enough to send me pictures of things they think I will love when I am back home in Mississippi. Any trip to the Aspen area is never complete without dropping in for a visit and I always find something I cannot live without ! Best boots , hats and jewelry to be found! Love every store they have!!

Facebook Review: August 23, 2015
2016-10-18T09:52:28+00:00
Absolutely my favorite store on the planet! The guys and gals who man the store are so helpful and are good enough to send me pictures of things they think I will love when I am back home in Mississippi. Any trip to the Aspen area is never complete without dropping in for a visit and I always find something I cannot live without ! Best boots , hats and jewelry to be found! Love every store they have!! Facebook Review: August 23, 2015

Linda Wescoatt

I have lived between Vail and Eagle for the past 36 years. I love your store in Vail. A few weeks ago, I purchased a pair of Old Gringo Boots in Vail. I purchased them for a specific outfit. Unfortunately, the boots did not work with my outfit and I returned them two days later. The person who helped me purchase the boots was Rory. He was very helpful and knowledgeable. I have worn western boots for most of my 67 years, so I usually know the fit for most brands and know what I want. Rory respected that and didn't try to push me into buying a different pair of boots. He professionally suggested a few that were similar to the boots I purchased and asked if I would like to give them a try. He made me feel that I was welcome to come back to the store any time, even though he just lost a sale of $500 + boots during the off-season. I just signed up on your website for newsletters and was asked if I wanted to name a salesperson. Rory's name was not on the list. I don't know his last name. I never met this man before I walked into your store, however, I suggest that his name be put on the list. I loved the boots so much, I am still hoping I will be able to buy them. Linda Wescoatt
2016-10-18T12:41:39+00:00
I have lived between Vail and Eagle for the past 36 years. I love your store in Vail. A few weeks ago, I purchased a pair of Old Gringo Boots in Vail. I purchased them for a specific outfit. Unfortunately, the boots did not work with my outfit and I returned them two days later. The person who helped me purchase the boots was Rory. He was very helpful and knowledgeable. I have worn western boots for most of my 67 years, so I usually know the fit for most brands and know what I want. Rory respected that and didn't try to push me into buying a different pair of boots. He professionally suggested a few that were similar to the boots I purchased and asked if I would like to give them a try. He made me feel that I was welcome to come back to the store any time, even though he just lost a sale of $500 + boots during the off-season. I just signed up on your website for newsletters and was asked if I wanted to name a salesperson. Rory's name was not on the list. I don't know his last name. I never met this man before I walked into your store, however, I suggest that his name be put on the list. I loved the boots so much, I am still hoping I will be able to buy them. Linda Wescoatt