Northwestern Tack switches owners |

Northwestern Tack switches owners

Noelle Leavitt Riley
RaeAnne Hadley and Kim Zimmerman enjoy each other's company at Northwestern Tack in downtown Craig. Hadley sold the business to Zimmerman so she can focus on her oldest daughter's health. Zimmerman often gets to watch her 3-month-old granddaughter Arlea while she runs the store.
Noelle Leavitt Riley

— Northwestern Tack in downtown Craig switched hands recently, giving the former owner an opportunity to tend to her family’s wellness.

RaeAnne Hadley made the tough decision to sell the business less than six months after she opened shop so that she and her husband could focus on the health of their oldest daughter, Madison.

“Madison got really sick in July,” Hadley said. “She was coming home with severe stomach pains and stopped eating.”

Madison, 9, suffered from a large stomach ulcer because of stress and had to seek treatment at Children’s Hospital in Denver.

“She had been dealing with bullying in February in the school system,” Hadley said. “And then with us opening the store — that’s considered a lot of stress for a child.”

Ultimately, the Hadleys decided that the best thing to do was decrease stress by selling the store, she said.

Luckily, one of Hadley’s friends knew someone knowledgeable about the tack business, and she decided to sell the retail side of the store to Kim Zimmerman and her family.

In a way, it’s a blessing in disguise because Hadley still will run the boot and leather repair portion of the store Tuesdays and Wednesdays, giving her an opportunity to watch the store continue to flourish. She’ll also be able to continue boot and shoe repair with the expensive equipment she purchased for the store.

“We repair any kind of boots,” Hadley said with enthusiasm, noting that they also repair high heels, saddles and zippers. That portion of the store will be called Yampa Valley Boot Repair.

Ernie Allen taught Hadley the craft of shoe and boot repair.

“We got most of our equipment from him,” she said.

Hadley and Zimmerman seem to have a great working relationship, and Zimmerman is excited to grow the business.

“It’s been a lot of fun. We’ve had a lot of positive comments,” Zimmerman said, adding that they’re going to add another layer to the store — selling repurposed furniture.

Thus, the store’s name will change to Northwestern Tack and Consignment.

Zimmerman runs the store with her daughter and son-in-law Eric and Tori Pingley.

And she often gets to watch her 3-month-old granddaughter Arlea while she runs the shop.

Noelle Leavitt Riley can be reached at 970-875-1790 or

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