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The quaint village of Charm may seem small when compared to the neighboring town of Berlin or even Millersburg, but this small village has a lot of big things going for it. Charm Harness and Boot just happens to be one of those big things with over 20,000 pairs of boots and shoes in some of the most popular brands.
Charm Harness and Boot was started in 1982 by Roy Miller with the help of his three sons. After purchasing the harness shop he added a small line of Red Wing work shoes and boots to his inventory.
Having roots in the shoe business, it is interesting to note that Roy did not hold much of an interest in the shoe business as a kid. Instead he worked at a feed elevator. But when the shop came up for sale, Roy decided he wanted to have his own business and try what he felt he knew best.
"When my dad started the business we had only 72 pairs of shoes," said Allen Miller, store manager. Today, walls and racks are lined with over 20,000 pairs of shoes and boots in over 80 different brands.
What used to be a horse tack shop has become a place for everything from work shoes and clothing, to western fashions and everything in between. "We carry everything from birdseed in the entrance to ladies western fashions in the corner," joked Miller.
With hunting season right around the corner, avid hunters can stock up on their gear. Carhartt jackets and UnderArmour camouflage will keep you warm as the temperatures start to drop and keep you hidden from unsuspecting game. Boggs and Muck brand boots will keep your feet warm and dry as you hunt for the your biggest find yet.
Farmers, shop workers and others who might work outdoors also enjoy the availability of steel toe boots and heavy duty clothing that Charm Harness supplies. "We carry quality name brands, waterproof shoes, insulated clothing and fire resistant clothing.
For some, western style clothing and boots is a lifestyle, for others, it's a fashion statement that seems to be becoming more and more popular. A whole wall towards the back of the store displays some of the most popular western cowboy (and cowgirl) boots. From the fancy inlay and patterned designs of the Lucchese and Corral boots to the everyday styles of Justin and Ariat boots, Charm Harness carries many of the boots you might find at a large scale western shop.
Ladies' and men's fashions include Columbia jackets and vests, western "bling" belts and other customizable belts, the popular UGG boots and Sperry and Skechers brand shoes.
Even though the store's main focus is no longer on the harness and tack business, they still carry a variety of saddles, halters and leads. Travelers and locals like that the western store still offers these items as they enjoy traveling to find them for their stables.
Along with the availability of making custom orders on shoes, belts and other items, Charm Harness does a lot of mail order items.
Among the wide selection of items Charm Harness offers, "customer satisfaction is our number one priority," said Miller. "We service our customers and value them highly.
Miller and his expert staff enjoy working one-on-one with their customers and understanding their needs. "We can help customers determine what shoes they may need based on their occupation," said Miller.
Miller says a lot of their success is due to the hard work that goes in to changing the store from season to season. They work hard to provide the items their customers are in need of most with each changing season.
While there are no big changes in store for the future of Charm Harness, Miller hopes to one day expand the business and incorporate more parking. For now, the friendly staff will focus on what they do best, customer service and satisfaction.
Charm Harness & Boot is located at 4432 CR 70 in Charm. Store hours are Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Charm Harness is closed the day after Christmas. For more information call 330-893-0402.