By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – What once stood many years ago as the original Bank of Boyceville on Main Street is now “The Vault”; a gun store owned and operated by Tim and Sharon Sutliff.
Years spent hunting with and working on firearms is what created the idea of opening a gun store of their own for the Sutliffs.
“There are also no local gun stores in the area. The closest ones you’ll find are nearly 30 minutes away or further,” said Tim of his reasoning for The Vault.
A look inside
The Vault offers a wide variety of firearms from deer rifles to tactical guns to hand guns and youth guns as well. Standing out in the mix of black is a pink camouflage rifle as well.
There is also a larger caliber selection for those who carry an NFA license for law enforcement or military style items. Currently the Sutliffs’ are in the process of receiving their license to sell these types of firearms.
Aside from guns, there is ammunition available and other hunting accessories such as scopes, binoculars, gun cases and clothing.
According to the Sutliffs’, they can order speciality ammunition for those who wish to have it. They are also willing to order in other guns from the manufacturer if the store does not have the item in stock.
“We definitely have a respectable inventory with items listed below the suggested retail prices,” said Tim.
The Vault has items to buy, but the store itself is a “sell and trade” business as well.
In addition to firearms, the Sutliffs have future plans of bringing in archery as well to The Vault, hopefully sometime within the next year.
The Sutliffs have plans to make The Vault more than just to buy, sell and trade as they are currently making room for an on-site gunsmith that will be readily available to customers.
Aside from firearms, The Vault also offers a full size kitchen with coffee and treats for those who wish to stop in and socialize. There is plenty of seating room and two large televisions to watch a favorite hunting show. There will also be a pool table available as well.
“We want our business to be very community oriented,” shared Tim.
In the time to come, Tim said that he hopes to offer Conceal and Carry classes inside the store as well as any other hunting classes or safety courses that are available.
A goal of Tim’s is to also do future work with veterans as he and several men in his family served time in the military. His plans are to work alongside other local gun stores to help raise money through fundraisers for the local veterans.
The options appear to be endless for the Sutliffs as they embark on their new business journey.
The couple expressed that they are both looking forward to people stopping by to share their most treasured hunting stories while relaxing on the couch or browsing the firearms.
The Vault is open Tuesday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Fridays from 10:00 a.m. To 9:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
However, this Saturday, November 23 they will be closed for the deer opener, but they will be open extended hours this week leading up to the beginning of the season.
Those who have the internet and wish to search for The Vault online, can log onto Facebook and “Like” the page. Updates, pictures and store hours can be found there as well.