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Employee of the Month – Janie Townes

  Where are you from? Steamboat Springs, CO How long have you worked at F.M Light? About a year and a half What is your favorite Steamboat activity? Fishing and women’s rugby What is your favorite section in the store? Boots – I like figuring out what different people like and what would be best […]

The 104th Winter Carnival

The Winter Carnival was started in 1914.  Carl Howelsen wanted to show off his ski jumping skills from his native Austria.  He said that if he could raise $50, he would build a jump and show off his skills.  F.M. Light was the first to throw in $5, the ski jump was built and the […]

Maintaining Tradition in the Store: A Few Updates

As fifth generation store-owners, we have a strong sense of tradition. We want to maintain the image of the store, but sometimes things need to be updated and changed. Take, for example, the shelves in the kid’s section. We need a bit more space for storage, so we added these: They fit in well, don’t […]

History: Making a Stetson (a/k/a Birth of a Hat) Rare Film

Learn how a Stetson hat is made from a silent-era film! This footage (from 1935) was found by this YouTube user on eBay. It is almost identical to a c. 1920’s film called “Birth of a Hat.“ It shows the creation of a Stetson hat, and gives us a view of a factory! What a […]

How to Fit and Wear a Lucchese Boot | F.M. Light and Sons

Cowboy boots fit differently than other shoes. But, they are the most comfortable. Especially when you’re wearing a pair of fine Lucchese boots. Check out this guide on how to fit and wear a Lucchese boot: Click Here to Download the Lucchese Fit Guide

Francis Aubry: Skimmer of the Plains

800 miles in 5 days, 15 hours Francois X. Aubry was a short man; at 5′ 2″ he wasn’t very imposing. But, he was the greatest speed and distance rider in the history of the United States.   Francis Aubry, called “Little Aubry”, was restless by nature – energetic and agile. The Albuquerque Tribune stated […]

Welcome

F.M. Light & Sons is Steamboat Springs’ historic clothing store and special place where customers enjoy a step back into the old west while browsing among many original fixtures from one hundred years ago. [cincopa AIFAEZamaKZE] Outfitting the West since 1905, F.M. Light & Sons is the oldest retail store in the area and is […]

The Declaration of Independence: Read Aloud for the 4th of July

Old Traditions, Rekindled Early July 4th celebrations weren’t that different from our own – with a few exceptions. Some revelry included mock funerals and effigy burning (click here to read more history of Independence Day celebrations). While we don’t believe effigies should be burned, or statues smelted down, we believe some traditions should be rekindled. […]

Featured Brand: Scully Leather Jackets & Wah Maker

The Scully leather tradition began in 1906 in Napa, California with the manufacture of fine gloves and jackets. The product line expanded over the years to include leather flying helmets, luggage, briefcases, agendas, portfolios, wallets, handbags and personal leather goods.