Buckskin Boutique sits just off the Colorado River, near the Arizona-California border — so close that owner Jennie Crook says you can pull up your boat and walk right into the store. The boutique’s nearby attractions create a family-friendly atmosphere and support Parker’s popularity during the hot summer months. And if you lose a flip-flop in the river, Crook has you covered.
How long has Buckskin Boutique been a fixture in Parker?
The boutique has been here for many years — probably 25. I bought it from the previous owner five years ago, and she had it for 15 years, at least.
What can customers expect to find when they come in?
We sell swimsuits, sandals, cover-ups and sunglasses. Pretty much anything you need for the river, we sell it here.
What are some of the advantages of having a store on the water?
You literally pull up your boat to the dock, get out and walk into the store. If you’re out on the boat and lose your glasses or your sandals, you can come here and it’s easy
access. Summer is our busy time, and people come out with their boats and their families, and they take their vacations here.
What kinds of people visit the boutique?
People come here specifically for the river, and almost everybody who comes to the area knows Buckskin. If you’re vacationing here, you’re definitely going to come [to the boutique]. We’re in a building that has a restaurant, a market and an arcade. You get your gas, you get your ice, your kids can play games. The wives come shopping, and the guys can go get beers.
— Danielle Grobmeier
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