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First News Fall 2006

Business Spotlight - Raton
A Western Tradition

Solano’s Boot & Western Wear, located at 101 South Second Street in the heart of downtown Raton, has been family owned and operated since 1956 and recently celebrated its 50th year servicing the western needs of local, regional and global clientele. Solano’s began humbly in September of 1956 when Andy Solano opened a small boot repair shop in Raton. After years of spending many late nights and early mornings resurrecting countless pairs of tired old cowboy boots, Andy’s wife Fabie joined him by opening a small western wear store carrying several styles of boots and shoes. The business grew steadily over the next decade when, in 1976, their eldest son Ralph returned to Raton and dedicated himself to the business. Over time, Ralph eventually created the unique atmosphere that makes Solano’s what it is today by stocking a wider variety of merchandise and expanding on the selection of boots that his mother started.

   For the next 20 years the business continued to grow, running mainly on a staff of family members, and gained regional as well as national recognition as one of the most unique and authentic western stores in the country. The large array of merchandise is simply stunning, and includes such items as tall top boots designed in-house, 5-inch brim hats, Old West style shirts and much more. There’s something to cover just about anyone from head to toe at Solano’s, and as of December 2003, people all over the world have the ability to purchase quality western wear via their website at, which was created by Ralph’s son, Drey.

   Today, Solano’s is still run by the family with Fabie and Andy as the owners, their daughter Sandy and grandson Drey take care of managerial operations, their granddaughter Tiffany is a sales clerk, and long-time employee Sandi does all the rest. The staff at Solano’s welcomes you to stop in and experience for yourself their “hat cemetery” - a collection of over 300 authentic used cowboy hats - and an old fashioned kind of western service that you just don’t find anymore. No matter where you choose to hang your hat, a trip to Solano’s is one you won’t soon forget!

Solano's Boot & Western Wear
101 South 2nd Street
Raton, NM 87740
(505) 445-2632


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