New Bay Street shop aims to outfit would-be cowboys

Once Meghanne Davis had convinced her father he needed to unload some of the huge amounts of western-style antiques that had been accumulated in his garage over the past couple of decades, she knew immediately what to do with it.

“I’ve been rodeoing my entire life, and western wear and equipment is something I’m really passionate about and I love,” Davis said. “So I figured it would be a good thing to do.”

And so Cowpunchers, located at 834 Bay Street in downtown Port Orchard, was born.

And if anyone should know about rodeo equipment or the styles that go with it, it would be Davis.

The 2001 South Kitsap graduate was also the 2004 Miss Rodeo Washington and still finds time today to compete in barrel racing in select rodeos throughout the Northwest.

But her days now are more focused on Cowpunchers, which has been open for five weeks.

“There’s a lot of rodeos in Kitsap County and Port Orchard that people don’t know about,” Davis said. “So it’s nice to be able to cater to those people.”

Cowpunchers isn’t just a store that supplies rodeo-type gear, although there is a wide variety of antique and new saddles to choose from. It’s more of a western outfitter with a few surprises thrown in.

Davis said she’s hoping to give area people interested in the rodeo a place to buy clothes and some gear right here in Port Orchard, as opposed to having to go to Ellensburg to find what they’re looking for.

Inside Cowpunchers, customers will find a wide array of western clothes — including rodeo queen clothing that can be a little bit on the expensive side if purchased brand new — boots, shirts and rodeo jackets.

“Pretty much anything western-related, we have,” Davis said. “Or I can find it.”

There are also some older, more collectable items, like her fathers’ antique fishing gear, old spurs and trinkets from past rodeos and the like.

A lot of the items are things Davis has picked up over the years while competing in various rodeos, while other items are brand new selections she finds on the Internet.

“(Competing in rodeos) is a great avenue to take (finding items),” Davis said. “You can just pick stuff up in those funny little towns where they are having a rodeo.

“I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of contacts within the horse community here in town,” Davis said. “They’ve been really supportive until business picks up with the downtown traffic.”

Downtown, which has been the topic of discussion all year long, is the only place Davis said she wanted to be.

“I think right now, downtown is a really good place for us to be,” Davis said. “There are some great things going on down here. You’ve got the visibility and the events that go on downtown. And I’ve heard (summer weekends) can make your month.”

Cowpunchers is open Wednesday through Saturday 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday’s noon until 5 p.m.

The store is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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