By: Jim Myers
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
One of the most common questions we are asked is how we ever got the idea to create a store with a Sasquatch theme to begin with. Well, to answer that question I will need to go back in time to 2012. Originally, the idea to rebuild the historic Bailey Country Store started as a project of a church we were associated with at the time . We began working on the building in the summer of 2012, and the renovation took fully 9 months to complete. In the Fall of that year, two pivotal events occurred that dramatically changed the future direction of our store. First, I met my first “eye-witness” who claimed to have seen bigfoot while out for an evening walk with a good friend (only 2 miles from downtown Bailey). The second event was when the Animal Planet show “Finding Bigfoot” came to film an episode in Bailey. I made sure that I was sitting in the front row when they held their traditional “Town Hall” meeting that is part of every episode, and much to my surprise over 100 people showed up – without any prior publicity other than word of mouth. This was my first indication of how intense America’s “addiction” to Bigfoot has become. When we finally opened our store on Bailey Day 2013, we named it “Bailey Country Store and Sasquatch Outpost.” With little demand for groceries those first two years and an almost insatiable public fascination with all things Sasquatch, we finally bit the bullet last summer, dropped Bailey Country Store from our name, and became simply The Sasquatch Outpost. The rest is now history. We literally have people coming to our store from all over the country. When asked how they discovered our store, the majority found us either through a Google search for things to do in Bailey, or they watched one of the news stories about our store that have been circulating for the past few years.
The most recent change we’ve made to the store is the addition of the “Sasquatch Encounter Discovery Museum”. What was once a large, open room in the back of the store has been transformed into a true museum – complete with a replica mine, displays on the most current Bigfoot research, a large sightings map, and our “main man” Boomer – a 7.5 foot, hairy Sasquatch hiding behind a grove of real trees. It is absolutely worth the $3.00 adult entry fee, and you can even have a professional photo taken with you and Sasquatch. In the three months that the museum has been open, over 735 people have gone through, and it has already paid for itself. It’s time for a drive to Bailey –