A FAMILY TRADITION
J.R. Barnett, Founder
J.R. learned how to be a merchant in the A.M. & Son General Store in Heber Springs, AR. Born in 1935 he was the second child to Shem & Evelyn Barnett. The Barnetts were natural merchants, starting with A.M. Barnett driving a patch truck in the early 1900's. He then went on to buy the General Store & ran it with his son Shem. J.R. grew up in the store, learning to wait on customers, count merchandise, & stock shelves. He got a taste of the cowboy life on his family's farm, watching Sanford Reynolds ride his horse & use a bull whip. J.R. likes to tell that Sanford had a bull whip he would use to work cows, & he would leave it curled up under the stove, probably to dry out. The boys, being boys, would sneak it out & play with it when they thought he wasn't watching. This is where J.R. really started his love for the cowboy way of life.
He bought his first store, J.R. Barnett's Mens Store in 1962. He sold suits & ties for a living while raising his first three children, Bobby, Robin, & Jason. In 1984, he moved to Conway & moved to more western wear than dress clothes, boots, hats, saddles, & tack. He did keep the tuxedo rentals, which has remained an important part of the business. J.R. has made a living, doing what he loves in the comfort of his 'home'. He also added two more girls to the mix after moving to Conway, Leah & Laynie.
After 38 years at Conway, & nearly 50 years in business for himself, J.R. decided to try out the retired life. Leah took interest in the business & took over in 2008. She kept the main business of boots, hats, tack, & ropes, but also began adding ladies & girls clothing to offer something for everyone in the entire family. Keep reading to learn more about Leah!
Leah Colclasure, Owner