1. How did you come to start your own business in West Yellowstone?
When we moved here two years ago we wanted to move to Bozeman to open an interior design shop with a small café and bakery. However, after looking at several retail spaces for about 6 months nothing seemed to feel right. Local real estate agent Carter knew of our plans and started mentioning some local businesses for sale, including the Book Peddler. Previous owner Susan Nesbitt had a great following with a large selection of books, a great café with a kitchen and extra space for home decor and re-purposed furniture. After a period of three months we decided the Book Peddler located at the heart of Canyon Street in Canyon Square Mall would be the perfect fit for our dream.
2. Who is the business owner?
Owners James and Becky Patterson and Troy and Amy Jackson purchased the Book Peddler in Sept. 2011. After a small remodel and rearranging current book inventory, the Book Peddler had it’s grand re-opening at the 2011 Christmas Stroll. With it’s new look and new owners’ eclectic style, the book store took on an additional name as well, Bunkhouse Barn Interiors, which offers a mod podge of styles, country, contemporary, rustic cottage, traditional as well as seasonal home décor and furniture.
3. What is a unique aspect of your business?
We wanted something for everybody’s style. We wanted to not only provide the town with a great tourist store/café, but the main goal was to have a family friendly place for locals to come and socialize as well as buy gifts for special ones in their lives or little something for their home. We are always having fun festivities during the holidays to encourage community socialization. The first weekend of last October kicked off our annual “STEW & BREW.” This is when we began serving our delicious soups for the winter season daily. We also gave out additional door prizes and percentages off of our Halloween/ Thanksgiving décor to any customer who came dressed in costume from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Our next event will be our Sprinter Spree Fest. This is our combined spring/winter home décor sale, which will be held during the weekend of the Snowmobile Expo.
4. Where are you located in or around West Yellowstone?
The store is located at 106 Canyon St. in West Yellowstone.
5. What type of services or products do you offer?
A wide variety of sweet treats are available daily as well as delicious homemade soups. Fresh ingredients are the only things we use in our soups and quiche. Our most famous sweet treats are our cupcakes, huckleberry scones, baklava muffins, homemade protein bars and iced sugar cookies. We will cater cookies for meetings or special occasions. Just call ahead for your order. Valentine’s Day is coming up and is a great time to share our heart-shaped sugar cookies with your special someone. Our bookstore is filled with great books with a variety for all ages. Like the saying in our store states, “ A book is a present that can be opened over & over again.” If you haven’t been in the Book Peddler/ Bunkhouse Barn Interiors now is the time to come in and grab a hot drink or lunch and check us out.
6. Name a few activities you enjoy outside of work with West Yellowstone being both a great summer and winter destination.
Our families enjoy all that this beautiful place has to offer. From ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and skiing in the winter to fishing, camping, canoeing and hiking in the summer.
7. Do you have any memorable experiences or stories involving tourists who visit the area?
We’ve had many people compliment us on how much they love us here and our coffee bar and book store.
8. Do you have a website, if so, what is your web address?
We have a website that is currently being updated at the web address, www.bunkhousebarninteriors.com. We have hopes of having it completed by this summer.
9. How long have you been in business in West Yellowstone?
Almost two years.
10. What’s it like owning a business and living in a seasonal community?
West Yellowstone is a great place to live and own a business. We have made many new friendships since moving here and hope to make many more in the coming years. We would like to thank the community for your support in our new adventure and look forward to seeing you at all of our festivities.
We want locals to feel like they have a place to come if they need to get out of the house or away for lunch. We offer comfortable seating at our coffee/espresso bar/ café, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday during our winter hours and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday during summer hours.