5 Ways to Honor Military on Memorial Day

This American holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military will be observed on May 30 this year. Originally called, “Decoration Day,” it originated in the years following the Civil War, but didn’t become an official federal holiday until 1971. Today, most of us enjoy a day off work and celebrate the unofficial start of summer by boating, grilling, or snapping up some bargains during Memorial Day sales. But, it’s also important toRead more

Earth Day 2022: 7 Ways to Show the Planet You Care

Earth Day is April 22 and there are lots of ways to give back to this big blue marble we call Earth. From planting a tree to picking up trash, small things can quickly add up to great outcomes. Step Up Your Landscape. There are many ways to make small changes right in your backyard – literally. Plant some shade trees to help naturally cool your house in the summer or to break it from the wind in colder monthsRead more

Folktales and Legends. What’s the Moral of the Story?

March actually has a week devoted to World Folktales and Fables. It’s held each year during the third week of March to encourage exploration of the lessons to be learned from folk tales, fables, myths and legends from around the world. The tales vary from culture to culture, but often share common morals, themes and characters. Here, we’ve shares some Old West folktales and legends to tell the next time you’re sitting around the campfire or in the backyard exchangingRead more

A Burns 2021 Recap to Inspire 2022

Now that we’ve had a chance to get used to 2022, we’ve decided to reflect on how things went in 2021 and to think about what we’ve learned, what we’ve accomplished and how we can continue to grow and strengthen. So, let’s go. Here are some of our most notable challenges and accomplishments too: Top Challenges Have you heard of a little virus called COVID? We thought so. And when it comes to the havoc this global pandemic wreaked onRead more

Top 10 Books About the West

There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book on a cozy, winter day. With the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, make a little time for yourself to unwind and regroup. Tales of the west are a good place to start. These books are often steeped in history, adventure and intrigue. Here, we turned to Goodreads, the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, for its top five fiction and non-fiction picks. Top Five inRead more

Burns: 145 Years and Going Strong

As 2021 enters its final month, we’re reflecting on our 145th year in business. We’re the oldest, same family-owned western retail business in the world, so we thought it was worth taking a peek into our past with a mindful eye to the future. It’s survived 25 presidents, two world wars, a Great Depression and Recession and much, much more. When it first launched, horses and trains were how people got around and today, people are catapulting into space asRead more

Give Thanks: A Cowboy-inspired Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. It’s the one holiday that’s managed to escape the mania. Yes – there’s still Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but before all the madness begins, there’s time to savor some quiet time with loved ones and to think about the things that really count. Let this Thanksgiving season be a time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re going. Whether you’re getting ready for a feast on the open range or looking forward to a cozier cabin-likeRead more

White Buffalo

Some people call it making medicine – the process of following your heart, creating something magical, powerful, and fulfilling. That is what saddle making and leather working is to Lisa and Loren Skyhorse.  The couple has focused their artistic efforts on riding saddles for forty years now which makes them experts in their field. The White Buffalo saddle is just one in their Collection series.  You can see how Lisa’s artwork expands on the over-sized fender and the seamless seatRead more

Holiday Traditions

Here at Burns we have been pondering the holiday season, reminiscing about our own holiday traditions.  But what is a tradition?  The definition states it is the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.  American history tends to lean on holiday traditions from all over the world, in turn, becoming a melting pot where all nations and traditions blend together.  We have carols from England and Australia andRead more

Burns and The Sundance Kid

On November 9, 2013, Burns had the great privilege of participating in “The Governor’s Salute to Robert Redford”, a gala that attracted such dignitaries as Sen. Orrin Hatch, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, and people from Utah’s business and artistic communities. Several weeks prior to this event, the Governor’s office contacted Burns with the idea to create a one-of-a-kind buckle that captured the essence of Utah and honored Redford, a collector of intricate trophy buckles.  Redford’s Sundance Film FestivalRead more