Stephenville’s newest place for Western home-and-office décor is Blue Eyed Buffalo. The store is situated on the courthouse square in a beautiful post-Civil-War-era building that sports painstakingly-restored original flooring, period-piece tin tiles on the ceiling and great light from giant windows in the store front. A focus on the unusual is what in-house interior decorator KayLee Pemberton is aiming for.

KayLee was raised on a working cattle and horse ranch in Oklahoma. Her dad’s in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, her husband, Jay Jr.’s family, the Pemberton’s, have deep roots here, and she and Jay Jr. both rodeoed. So when you add that all up, you might say that Western is in their blood and a store like Blue Eyed Buffalo is a perfect fit.

We recently sat down with Pemberton to find out more about this unusual new store.

Q: There’s a growing interest in revitalization of the Stephenville courthouse square. Was that a particular consideration when you decided to locate here?

A: It was. We really want to see something happen downtown, and it’s starting to. There’s a new Texas home-cooking style restaurant going in next door and we’re very excited about that. And of course the Cellar just opened up down the street, so there’s definitely some interest being generated on the square now. We’re happy to be a part of that.

Q: You’re in a space that’s right in the middle of things on West College across from the courthouse. When did you officially open?

A: It was intentionally a very soft opening – I guess you could say we opened about March 1, but it was very low key, no fanfare. We just wanted to go ahead and get the doors open so people will know we’re here. As you can see, we’re a full-on store now, but we have a lot of things we want to add that will be coming as we move forward.

For example, the front of the building will be very different when we’re done. And among other things, we’re working on a section for kids. We have some items for kids now, but we plan on expanding that considerably as we go along.

When we get most of that accomplished, we’ll do something more definitive in terms of an opening like a ribbon cutting and reception. That will probably be sometime in June.

Q: Can you give our readers an idea of what you plan to do at Blue Eyed Buffalo that’s unique?

A: We’re Western oriented, but we definitely want to be known for being anything but typical. We’re searching high and low to find unique items that you won’t find in just every other store.

And we’ll carry a wide variety of things that don’t necessarily have to be Western themed, things that can be geared to college kids, a young family, an office, whatever is wanted and needed.

In keeping with that, we’ll offer a variety of price points as well. I think there will definitely be something for everyone in this store.

Having an in-house interior decorator sets us apart, too. We want to be able to offer a special kind of customer service where we can custom order what people want. Even if they don’t see it sitting here, we want to be able to get that for them anyway.

The idea that we can offer input from someone who is an active, professional interior decorator is very unique. That’s where my experience comes in. I can help someone build exactly what they want and cater to their individual style. And we offer that to anyone walking in, not just my clients in the interior decorating business.

I’m setting up my office here in the store, but that’s not finished yet, so if people want to talk to me about their ideas, it’s probably best to call for an appointment, or come in on Thursdays, when I’m here all day.

Blue Eyed Buffalo is located at 150 West College. Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 254-918-2015.