It’s always been a family business – beginning with Windy Ryon in 1919 providing boots for men who were in town buying and selling cattle. In 1982 the Luskey family bought out Ryon and continued the retail tradition until 2016 when the Cavenders took the reins.
“There is not a better cowboy town in the world. Collectively, our families have been in the western wear business for almost 150 years and we are glad to have Mike and Alan Luskey stay with us on our new venture together,” said Clay Cavender.
Joe and Mike Cavender are equally excited about the joint venture. “We are glad and proud to team up with the Luskey family.” With this partnership, Cavender’s has added a new concept western store, stocking merchandise for downtown tourists, locals and existing Luskey’s/Ryon’s customers. When they see the renovations and the attention to every detail, customers are glad they made the trip to the historic location.
What Can Customers Expect from the Family Owned Stores?
“Fort Worth is like a second home to me,” explained Clay Cavender. “We’ve always wanted to be in the Stockyards. This is the most unique project we’ve ever undertaken and we pulled out all the stops with unique, but rustic décor. He explained that the interior was totally redesigned, with no detail left to chance. Cavender’s was careful to remain historically accurate on the exterior of the century-old structure, as Luskey’s/Ryon’s transformed to become Cavender’s Stock Yards Outfitter.
Additionally, he said, “The Cavender’s Stock Yards logo was carefully hand painted on the antique bricks in an old-fashioned-western flair. Reclaimed lumber was used for the window shutters and designed in an early 1900’s style, including the hardware.”
Clay also noted that the original entry on North Main Street was re-opened as an additional entry to the store. Through the doors, Clay’s own custom designed furnishings can be seen where special details are applied throughout the interior including reclaimed wood flooring and vintage western décor.
What Else Will Customers Find?
Famous for stocking vast selections of boots, jeans, shirts, hats and belts for men, women and kids, Cavender’s Stock Yards has a large product offering, but with a more specialized boutique-twist, including some exclusive products. Cavender’s continues to offer the custom-made boot selection that Luskey’s is known for providing. Go by and experience “The Boot Room”!
Today, Cavender’s is distinguished within the industry as a western tradition with 50 stores spread across Texas and 24 more stores in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Mississippi. Company founder, James Cavender, is still active and involved. He often can be heard in the halls of Cavender’s headquarters in Tyler, Texas. His wife Pat still decorates all new and remodeled stores. Her diligence and attention to detail helps ensure that customers experience the signature western style in each store. Eldest son, Joe Cavender serves as president of the company, while operations and leasing, are headed by Mike Cavender. Clay Cavender who also serves as vice president of merchandising develops all private-label apparel. The Cavenders credit their success to the dedication and loyalty of their associates.
The year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Cavender’s. History plays an important part of Cavender’s and it’s a great fit to become part of the historic Fort Worth Stock Yards. When you visit one of the newer stores, you will see pictures of James, Joe, Mike, Clay and their families as well as grainy black and white photos of their grandparents on the old ranches in Albany, Texas and Idabel, Oklahoma.
In addition to the new Stockyards location, there are 7 Metroplex Cavender’s locations. Call 800-696-Boot (2668) or shop online at www.Cavenders.com.