TJ’s Bling opens doors in Cowley

TJ’s Bling owner Jennifer Steed poses in her store with daughters Tori (left) and Josey – the store’s namesakes – while working to set up the new store on Monday afternoon. David Peck photo

TJ’s Bling owner Jennifer Steed poses in her store with daughters Tori (left) and Josey – the store’s namesakes – while working to set up the new store on Monday afternoon.
David Peck photo

A new store featuring a variety of items from clothes to jewelry has opened its doors in Cowley.

TJ’s Bling is open at 61 East Main next to the post office, owned and operated by Jennifer Steed. Steed is the wife of Cowley native Ben Steed, who is the resident engineer for the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation. She has named the store for the couple’s two daughters: Tori, 12, a seventh-grader at Rocky Mountain Middle School, and Josey, 9, at fourth-grader at Rocky Mountain Elementary. The Steeds also have one son, Tyler Lindquist, 16, a junior at RMHS.

Jennifer Steed said there has been a lot of interest in the store as she began setting up, so much so that she decided to open last Thursday, Oct. 10, well ahead of this Saturday’s grand opening.

TJ’s Bling is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Steed is originally from Conroe, Texas, and she moved to Darby, Mont., when her parents retired and moved heading into her junior year of high school. She met Ben at the Big Horn County Fair Rodeo 13 years ago. After they married, the Steeds lived in Powell for six years before Ben received a promotion to resident engineer in Basin.

Since they owned a rental in Cowley, they moved there rather than Basin or Greybull, and they decided to stay, liking the community and the schools. They recently bought 40 acres east of Cowley where they raise alfalfa, horses and cows.

Steed is also a real estate agent working for Becky Perkins and Brand Above Realty. Plans are in the works for Brand Above to move to Steed’s building, possibly in January.

TJ’s Bling features jewelry, purses, household items, fashion boots, hats, clothing, decorating items and more.

“I’m trying to keep my prices low,” Steed said, noting that some boots with a suggested retail price of $129 are on sale for $64.

“I want to have good prices but high quality,” Steed said. “Most of my stuff is Montana West, which uses high quality leather.

TJ’s Bling will celebrate a grand opening Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. featuring refreshments and a purse give-away.

by David Peck

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