Retail development continues to grow shopping options
Home to the largest city in northeast Wyoming, Gillette-Campbell County offers some of the region’s best shopping. From independent shops to large chain stores, standalone boutiques and shopping centers, Gillette and its surrounding areas boast retail options galore.
Downtown Gillette is seeing more activity with the newly reconstructed Gillette Avenue. In conjunction with the Gillette Main Street program, the city also offers regular special events to bring residents downtown.
Downtown retail offers an eclectic mix of clothing, toys, cookware and more. Avenue Mall alone offers wares from 40 vendors, including crafts, beauty products, snacks and women’s apparel.
“Downtown Gillette is an unexplored treasure chest,” says Jane Burbank, who owns Teacher’s Corner/Kid’s Mart with her husband, Dale. “People don’t realize what’s down here. We have one of the best mixes of shops I’ve seen in long time. Our downtown is definitely growing.”
On and around Gillette Avenue, Sole Mates and Crazy Woman Mercantile offer women’s apparel and accessories. YTT Bridal & Formal Wear has special occasion dresses and men’s tuxedo rentals. Exclusively Amish Furniture & Gifts offers furniture, rugs, and more. Magpie Designs sells antique furniture and vintage home décor. For the young ones, Teacher’s Corner/Kid’s Mart contains a large inventory of toys and other goodies.
Campbell County has plenty of popular shopping centers, too. Camel Plaza contains a Smith’s grocery store and a range of anchor stores. Powder Basin Shopping Center offers a sprawling Hastings Books, Music & Video. The shopping center also offers cozier shops such as Heaven to Earth, which sells an interesting mix of kitchen and home décor and specialty foods, including olive oil and vinegar on tap.
Silverado Center includes A Prairie Dawn, for home décor and gifts; Marshall Jewelry, for very special gifts; plus Applebee’s and a selection of fast-food restaurants. Holiday Plaza has an Aaron’s Rent-To-Own furniture store and, east of the plaza, an Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom location.
Southview Shopping Center offers an interesting mix that includes Laurie’s Flower Hut, Haggerty’s Musicworks and The Gillette Meat Market. Under new ownership since early 2014, The Gillette Meat Market offers prime and choice cuts of beef from Missoula, Mont., as well as buffalo from Weston’s Longreach Buffalo Co. The shop also sells lamb, pork, chicken, alligator and a selection of pies.
Although owner Julie Ault could have moved the market to one of the area’s newer shopping centers, location, customer demand, plentiful parking and more reasonable overhead prompted her to stay. Since taking over the reins from former owner Butch Byrum, Ault says she has seen new and repeat customers alike, and enjoyed a “terrific” holiday season.