From cowhide rugs to leather bags, The Western Attic has opened its doors in Bundaberg selling a range of country-inspired gifts and homewares.
Owner and Gin Gin resident Maxine Ralph decided to set up shop in Bundaberg North after a successful stint with a pop-up stall in the local shopping centres.
Growing up in the rodeo business in North Queensland, Maxine said her life revolved around everything to do with horses and country.
“I was breakaway roping title holder and a barrel racer when I was young, I then went on to show horses – I love everything rodeo,” Maxine said.
“I have been in business for a very long time, I owned the same businesses in Townsville, and it was very successful.
“I moved here because I like the weather and climate here, and I have been involved with horses all my life, so now I have both.”
At 60 years of age, Maxine said riding horses may not happen as much now, but her passion for country and rodeo will never fade.
“I actually have a horse rug manufacturing business and this new shop is just my hobby because I love it and horses so much,” she said.
“This is the horse lovers gift shop – anyone who likes horses in any way will love this shop.”
Stocking everything from crafted leather wallets, jewellery, keychains and belts, with boots arriving soon, The Western Attic has something for every western fan or Yellowstone buff.
“(I) specialise in handbags with many I design myself, I am also a horse rug manufacturer which I make in store, I offer mainly western products as that’s what I’m interested in,” Maxine said.
“I come from a very horsey family, with history in rodeo as a previous title winner many, many years ago.
“I have just had a very popular two-month pop-up shop in Hinkler Central and (I) decided a store like mine is much needed in this area.”
The Western Attic is now open Monday to Saturday at 68 Gavin Street, Bundaberg North.
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