Jackson Bootlegger closing

Jackson Bootlegger will close at the end of summer.

Bootlegger to close

Jackson Bootlegger, the venerable shoe and clothing store at 36 E. Broadway, will end its long run. But there will still be time to shop in the coming months.

“We have all summer to work with, and we just began our sale today,” Brianna Moteberg, one of owners, said in an email. “It is 30% off storewide ... Come in and get your staples soon.”

The closure was announced via social media.

“In its many years in business, Jackson Bootlegger has been excited to participate in and support local events such as Bras for a Cause and Old West Days,” a Facebook post read.

“While we cannot pinpoint our decision to one specific issue, we are confident in our decision to shut our doors. We remain hopeful that our customers will continue to shop at other amazing local businesses that carry footwear, and we are excited to see where some of our local favorite brands end up.”

Moteberg told the News&Guide, “I think a lot can be read into what I said on Facebook, but I think everyone in town is well aware of the extreme level of staffing issues that this town is going through.

“Our lease is up, and there were a lot of factors that play into my decision as well as the investors’ decision to shutter the doors.”

The current owners, a silent investment group out of Colorado, purchased the store in 1999. The previous owner, Rhonda Bailey, ran Bootlegger for about 20 years and moved it to the current location in 1989.

Moteberg and her husband also separately own the clothing store Altitude, which will remain open and is not affected by the Bootlegger closure.

“And for now I am really looking forward to having just one full-time job,” she said in her email. “What a concept that will be for me since I’ve always had more than one store.”

Moteberg said she hopes locals continue to support other Jackson businesses with their shoe and sock purchases.

“The Bootlegger was not the only store in town to carry SmartWool (or so many other brands like Keen, Born, Chaco, etc.), so please, don’t shop online, shop at Skinny Skis for your socks, shop at Wyoming Outfitters for your boots, shop at Altitude for your Birkenstocks and Sorels. Support local business.”

Dansko was carried only at Bootlegger, but “luckily the rep is one of my good friends, and without a doubt another store in town will pick up that amazing line and will love working with her.”

— Jennifer Dorsey

Au revoir, Ranch Shop

A shop that opened its doors when Lyndon B. Johnson was president will be signing out in October.

The Ranch Shop, at 80 S. Cache is holding a closing sale after being in business since 1964.

— Staff report

Farewell, fossil store

You may have noticed the “Closing Sale” signs outside By Nature Gallery, the Crabtree Corner shop selling fossils, geodes, books and more.

The owners are retiring, and By Nature will close around mid-September.

— Staff report

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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