By Kerstin Block as told to A.M. Petrillo: "Forty-five years ago... we bought a house on five acres near Kinney and Ajo... Spencer could convince me of almost anything, and if he couldn't, he would... do what he wanted anyway. In 2001 we bought the property [Cat Mountain Station] against my wishes and started renovating its buildings... [and] restaurant [Coyote Pause Cafe]...." "...and before long, people had moved into the shops and started running businesses. I even put in a big consignment store [Buffalo Trading Post]. Spencer wanted us to build a B&B [Cat Mountain Lodge] on the back property. I gave in and said ok, and we began that project too...." "I've been lucky in pretty much everything I've done, and Cat Mountain Station turned out how I wanted... It turned out to be something really nice for the neighborhood, and people are glad we turned it around." Published at: http://trendmag2.trendoffset.com/publication/?i=234934&p=52 .
"Kerstin and Spencer may have been hippies, but they had a hard business sense... Pioneering. "It's all about encouraging an entrepreneurship that is from the heart," says Kerstin, about the often intangible elements that spiral businesses and artists to success. Whether it's an opening in a new city or in building the team, "we make a commitment," Kerstin explains. "Nothing is taken lightly. We make an investment in people and communities." Entrepreneurship is getting excited about an idea and figuring it out on a simple level, she continues. And it's a never-ending process. For Kerstin, that's meant opening the Buffalo Trading Post... in February , in the Cat Mountain [Station]... shopping complex she owns, as a shopping concept of Mexican blankets, bedspreads, vintage Mexican pottery and classical clothes... Kerstin says it's key to have a vision, a passion for the unusual. She pulls out "The Way of the Buffalo" business primer, written by Spencer, and points to a page about humility, honesty and intelligence, to underscore her point. "We like tough-tough love, tough work. We like fun," she reads..." read the full story »
"The next time you're looking for a fun, quirky place to shop in Tucson, head to the city's far west side for an afternoon of browsing at Buffalo Trading Post. The new 3,500-square-foot retail space specializes in new and gently used clothing, shoes, fashion accessories and housewares. You'll also find a small and unique selection of furniture, home decor items and Mexican imports. Buffalo Trading Post is the brainchild of Kerstin Block, the founder of the mega-successful Buffalo Exchange New and Recycled Fashions... Buffalo Trading Post the "older sibling" to Buffalo Exchange, specializ[es] in clothes and accessories that will appeal to more sophisticated shoppers. The store carries brands like Chico's, Loft and Coldwater Creek. If you're looking to inject some cowboy chic into your everyday wardrobe, the store also carries a variety of Southwest-inspired belts, shoes, boots, scarves and purses." Published at: http://www.10best.com/destinations/arizona/tucson/articles/buffalo-trading-post-opens-in-unique-west-tucson-shopping-center/ .
"... In Tucson, the company [Buffalo Exchange] just added its fourth store, Buffalo Trading Post - a kind of "older sibling" to the original, selling clothes for the older woman... The new Tucson offshoot... is aiming a little higher up the age ladder. With the same buy-sell-trade concept, the 3500 sq ft store on the far south-west side of the city sells brands like Chico’s, Eileen Fisher, Coldwater Creek, and Banana Republic. Rebecca Block, who just turned 50, says she walked out with a stack of clothes a couple days after the store opened. (Rebecca and Kerstin, 71, shop at the stores just like everyone else.) Intermingled with the racks of contemporary clothing are mid-century vintage dresses and memorabilia, western ware, Mexican clothes, vintage housewares and accessories. But don't expect any sparkly, nose-bleed high platform shoes here; instead, the brands are Clarks, Dansko and Keen. And let's not forget the cowboy boots. The three women who work at the Buffalo Trading Post have a combined 40 years of BE [Buffalo Exchange] management experience. Says Amy Ostlie, who manages the store: “It not like work. It’s fun.”..." Published at: http://3storymagazine.com/buffalo-exchange/ .
"Buffalo Trading Post opened Saturday in the Cat Mountain Station shopping center, near Old Tucson Studios. Kerstin Block, founder of the national, Tucson-based Buffalo Exchange chain and this new store, is also the owner of the shopping center. “This is a different kind of store,” Block said. “We’re more about adult clientele and less college and high school oriented in the choice of clothing.” Buffalo Trading Post specializes in brands such as Chico’s, Loft and Coldwater Creek, to name a few. It also has Mexican imports, pottery and mid-century kitchenware such as older Pyrex dishes and Fiestaware. The store carries a limited inventory of men’s items as well, including vintage Hawaiian shirts and Western wear. The new store operates on the same principal of Buffalo Exchange — buy, sell, trade. But, the two stores are not related, meaning customers cannot use trade credit from Buffalo Exchange at Buffalo Trading Post and vice versa. Customers who bring items in to Buffalo Trading Post to sell will get 50 percent in trade credit or 30 percent in cash of what the store will sell the item for... Items should be clean and in good condition to be considered for resale, said Amy Ostlie, the store’s manager. But she said they tell people not to edit what they’re going to bring in because “you never know what we might take.” Some things that people think are too old might be seen as vintage and sold in the store. “We had a great opening weekend,” Ostlie said." read more »The three women who work at the Buffalo Trading Post have a combined 40 years of [Buffalo Exchange] management experience. Says Amy Ostlie, who manages the store: “It not like work. It’s fun.”..." read the full story »
"Southwest on Kinney Road on the flipside of the Tucson Mountains is Cat Mountain [Station], a complex that includes a café, bed and breakfast and a couple of local crafts and vintage shops. Also in the complex is Cat Mountain Emporium, where there's great jewelry including old Indian and Mexican pieces, vintage lace, whole sets of dishes and a plethora of unique items, from $5 and up." read the full story »
"On the stretch of Kinney Road south of Old Tucson Studios, the saguaros spread from each side of the asphalt like a sea. Then it crops up from among the cactus and creosote: an island of adobe with a sign that says “Cat Mountain Station.” Since its construction in the 1950s, this quirky mud and brick business center has alternately hosted a museum of Western collectibles, a feed store, and a biker bar. It fell into neglect and disrepair by the late 1990s and stayed there, until one man—captivated by its outpost feel—committed himself to bringing it back from the brink..." read the full story »