Jo Weins never intended to get into retail. Raised on a family farm in northeast Nebraska, Jo has always loved riding horses. She moved to Oklahoma City to attend law school in the evenings. Jo became involved with the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association after becoming an attorney. When she learned that the Cross Bar Gallery would be closing its doors, Jo and her husband, Terry Weins, purchased the store in January 2005.
Three years later, Jo has expanded into the Stockyards, partnering up with National Saddlery Company to open a showroom across the street from Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. (National Saddlery will continue to maintain its original location in the Stockyards, also.) “National Saddlery has been around for 82 continuous years,” Jo indicated. “John Rule is a master tooler and saddle maker.” Along with his wife, DonaKay, the Rules’ tack and tooling business complements Cross Bar Gallery’s custom western furnishings.
Cross Bar Gallery features handcrafted furniture and art of the American West. Almost all of the products sold by the retailer are made in the United States. Some visitors come to appreciate the custom artwork by western legends such as G. Harvey, Martin Grell, Bruce Green, and Kenneth Wyatt. Others stop to admire the jewelry designed by Bob Berg and sold exclusively in Oklahoma by Cross Bar Gallery.
There are those who visit the store to pick out a custom piece of western furniture to complement their ranch. Some who cherish the largest collection of C.R. Morrison bronze sculptures in the United States. And still others stop to purchase one of over 200 Brazilian cowhides on display. (Along with the teak wood furniture, the Brazilian cowhides are one of only a few items not made in America.)
Whatever the reason for the visit, Jo is appreciates the opportunity to work with others who share her love for western furniture, jewelry, and art. “This is really a creative outlet for me,” Jo says. “Whether you’re a fellow rancher, or city-folk who simply want a piece of the western lifestyle, we really take pride in selling American-made products and supporting local and regional artisans.”
The New Cross Bar Gallery – National Sadderly Company is located in the Stockyards at 1400 S. Agnew. Store hours are Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on Sundays. Phone number 239-2104.
The Original Cross Bar Gallery is still located at 4312 W. Reno Avenue, one block east of Meridian next to Tener’s. Store hours are Monday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday Noon to 6 p.m. For more information, contact 943-5600 or visit www.crossbargallery.com.
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