A local icon in transition—The Big Horn Boutique closes Jan. 31.

Big Horn Boutique closing soon

After 17 years of selling mountain attire, souvenirs and gifts, Big Horn Boutique owner Dorothea Jude announced recently she will close at the end of January. She put all her wares at a 50 percent discount, and things have been clearing out quickly since then. 

“The holidays were very busy, but I had friends come to the shop and help out,” Jude said on a recent, much-deserved day off.

Before coming to the U.S., Jude lived in Germany, where her studies in language and international business law had her taking courses in Cambridge and Paris. After graduating, she worked as an interpreter at the American headquarters in the Nuremberg Palace of Justice for the Armed Forces before relocating to Florida and Minnesota. She later moved to Big Sky with her late husband Bill.

“I grew up near the Alps and traded them for the Rockies, not too bad,” she said.

After her husband passed away, Jude opened the Big Horn Boutique in 1991 as a way to connect with the community and its visitors.

Big Horn’s original storefront was in Big Horn Center on Gallatin Road, where the Consignment Cabin is located now. When the opportunity arose to relocate to the Town Center in 2008, she purchased the current shop’s location and moved in.

Recently, when she was approached by a local businessperson who asked if she’d be interested in selling her shop space, she took the offer.
“I was surprised they came to me and asked if I wanted to sell,” Jude recalled. “But I decided it was a good time to retire.”

Closing down her shop has been a bittersweet experience for Jude, who has tended to the boutique for much of her time in Big Sky.

“These 17 years have been wonderful,” she said of her time at the shop. “It’s been a great experience. I want to thank the Big Sky community for their support, their patronage, their friendship, and their kindness.”

Jude said once the store is closed she’ll be staying in Big Sky and is looking forward to spending more time with family and friends. She’ll also think back fondly on the many days and long hours she spent at the boutique.

“I’m going to miss the connection with visitors coming from all different places on the Earth,” she said. “As well as the locals that would come in. I’ve really enjoyed the business, it was a part of me and I tremendously enjoyed it.”

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