Shelle Schaefer entered the antique business with a friend more than a decade ago selling knick-knacks from a small booth in a Guthrie antique mall.
Their shop captured the attention of the community and earned a loyal following. Eleven years ago, they created the French Cowgirl boutique among the shops and restaurants on Oklahoma City’s Western Avenue.
Schaefer, 53, describes herself as more of the refined and artsy type and says her friend was more of a fun-loving cowgirl. They combined personalities and upbringings, lining the shelves with cowboy boots and French wines. A red western wagon is covered in decorative country artifacts; crosses adorn the walls.
She may not speak the language, but Schaefer’s fascination with French culture drives much of the store’s merchandise and ambience. And despite a falling out, her friend’s touch remains in French Cowgirl’s western-style clothing and jewelry.
“It seems this is the place where people like to bring their friends,” Schaefer said. “I think part of it’s the color, but we’re also known as being really friendly.
“We’re all about the boutique shopping without the boutique pricing. That’s one of my things, that I want everyone to feel like they can come in and find something.”
KYLE HINCHEY, STAFF WRITER
4514 N Western