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Klover Leaf has grown over its 25 years

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By The Staff

What started 25 years ago as the small shop on the hill has become one of the largest western stores in the state. Klover Leaf Tack and Western Wear, known as simply Klover Leaf to the locals, carries more apparel and tack than any other western store in the area. On any given day you can find thousands of boots in stock, and always customers are assisted by the friendliest employees. Even if Klover Leaf doesn't have it, they'll help you find it.

In 1982 Katherine Inman, the store's proprietor, opened the doors to a small store, less than 1,000 square feet, to sell tack and horse supplies. It was named Klover Leaf after the familiar barrel racing pattern, part of a sport Katherine loves, and it reflected her belief that the sport of horses is one of the most rewarding experiences for America's youth. About four years later, the store was moved to a new location, not far from the original site. It was built by Katherine's husband, Edward. After an addition in 2003 Klover Leaf was more than eight times the size of the building first occupied in 1982. Many customers who knew the store as children still shop there regularly, and many have taken their turn to work there. As Williston developed and grew over the years, Klover Leaf also expanded.

All of this would not have been possible without the hard work of the employees who keep the store running all through the year. Beth Adams, who shopped at the store as a child, is one of the key components in the store's exceptional customer service. She not only has a great love for western apparel, but also a keen eye for fashion. With her kind and accommodating demeanor, Beth has been helping customers at Klover Leaf on and off for 15 years. Similarly, Jose Vega has been a valuable part of the Klover Leaf team for over eight years. He is crucial to the store's Spanish trade, helping both in communication and selecting styles. Also, Rita Inman, with her bubbly personality and affable smile, takes time to work at her mother-in-law's store, even as she pursues a career in teaching. These three are always looking to help, often meeting customers at the door.

The selection of merchandise at Klover Leaf attracts customers for all over North Central Florida. They have an immense jewelry department, with a broad selection of brands such as Brighton and Montana. Frames, statues, bedspreads, and other western accents can be found in their gift department. Their clothing selection is nonpareil, including boots from all the leading manufacturers and an uncountable number of jeans. Klover Leaf's children's department includes not just clothes, but also boots and toys. They have the largest Breyer horse selection in the area. Klover Leaf offers merchandise above and beyond what most stores of their kind would tender.

This store is also known for its glorious Christmas decorations. Everyone at Klover Leaf puts forth a great effort during the holiday season. Beth, Katherine and Rita decorate the windows while Jose and Edward take care of the exterior lighting. The result is a dazzling display of lights that has been recognized many times for its splendor. It is always easy to find Klover Leaf at Christmastime, because the lights illuminate up and down the street.