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Cowboys and Daisies coupled with the Rocky Mountain Guitar Company have married music with artesian instruments. Donna and Rob Prescott have been successful business owners for more than two decades, in Breckenridge and Beaver Creek, but Salida’s newest store is unique, much like the clothing found at Cowboys and Daisies.

The storefront of Rocky Mountain Guitar Company and Cowboys & Daisies. Photo by Brooke Gilmore.

Donna is a fabric and clothing designer. She learned to sew at a young age and gained a keen eye for merchandising store layout, and general creativity. “I want unique and different. Most of it is from friends of mine. We create really unique and different things. There’s lots of stuff in the world. I want to give you something that is memorable.”

The owner of Rock Mountain Guitar Company, Jeff Bamburg, has worked with the Prescott’s before. He was Donna’s guest artist a few years back during Beaver Creek Art Festival. In fact, they have been friends for 13 years. Bamburg is a luthier and gained international recognition with Bamburg Guitars.  He is also the creator of the MT neck design.

“We knew there was this energy between what he did and what I did. This whole COVID thing changed the trajectory and now this has worked out.  We moved in with him and something good finally came out of this.” Prescott told Ark Valley Voice.

The Prescott’s have closed both of their stores in Breckenridge and Beaver Creek. They focused on their website while trying to navigate what COVID-19 would look like for them.

“My husband and I were helping Jeff move. This is a brand-new spot for him, and I was helping him with layout and paint colors. As a fabric and clothing designer that’s my forte.  Rob was doing some of the painting, cleaning the windows, and helping him set up so he was ready to move in and one night they had a conversation. Rob came home at 11 p.m. at night and said, ‘Jeff and I had a really serious conversation about you moving in there.”

“By the next morning we met and talked about everything. That day Rob was driving to Breckenridge to pick up stuff from our store. By Saturday night we had moved in. I woke up Sunday morning [thinking] like ‘what just happened?’”

Since the store offers both handmade guitars and clothing, many customers come in looking for one thing and leave with another — or both. “It gives everyone something to look at” Prescott said. “Cowboys and guitars go together.”