Cummings Carousel began in 1987, with our love of showing Quarter Horses and Garolyn’s degree in Fashion Marketing, we combined the two passions into a forty foot truck and trailer! The trailer was designed with the store in the front, and the ability to haul our show horses in the back.
We set up our store at each horse show and sold our apparel and accessories. In the fall of that same year, a space became available to rent in downtown Dodge City for six weeks through Christmas.
Not knowing what sort of luck we would have outside of the horse shows, Garolyn put together a window display a few days before we opened. Word got out, and there were customers standing at the door on our opening morning. We have many loyal customers who have been with us since the beginning!
Thirty years and three locations later, we are in a much larger store of around 7000 square feet. We were given an opportunity twenty years ago to move to our current location at 2600 Central Avenue, Dodge City, Kansas. Since that time, we have remodeled and built on to our store and back storage rooms too many times to count. With the added space, we have been able to add many more companies that include apparel, footwear, accessories, home décor, gift items, gourmet food, bridal registry and men’s apparel for gifts.
Our business began in a small way for Garolyn and Shari to pay for the horse shows. We had no idea what we were in store for thirty years later. These have been some of the best years of our lives. We basically grew up in the store. From young women working with our mother building what is now our current business. We built our business as a family with some fabulous staff members. In the 30 years, we have had a lot of staff come and go and each one of them has left a lasting mark with us. Thank you to each one of you for your time, energy and friendship. You helped make Cummings Carousel a great business.
In 2016, we have went been back on road with our business. This time we are traveling to cattle shows. Madison - Garolyn’s daughter - has grown up much like we did with a love for animals. Our Dad and Madison formed a bond checking and working our family herd of crossbred cattle. Through that love she started showing bucket calves and then moved to show cattle. Little did we know we were back in the show business before we knew it. Oh gosh, has it changed our lives.
Many days you can find some of us in the store and the other days in the barn. We enjoy the mix of cattle and our retail business and we are love meeting so many new people and customers from across the country. It is taking us back to our boots and we love it!!
All this leads to why we put together this website. We realize that a lot of our customers live miles and states away from us. This is a great way to help those customers shop with us everyday.
Thirty years ago, we put together a business from the ground up. We care about our customers and we care about the products we sell to you. Our customer service sets a part from the rest. We will do our best to ship our product fast and help you any way we can. Please contact us at any time with questions and we will be glad to answer them for you.
Thank you for shopping with Cummings Carousel in store or online.
Shari, Garolyn, Kay and our staff