Minnetonka Store Spotlight: The Indian Tepee Gift Shop Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Meet owner Skip Lower, and the store’s Minnetonka salesperson Carol Barboza, in our Q&A and learn more about The Indian Tepee Gift Shop of Bolton Landing on Lake George!
What is your Minnetonka story?
Our Minnetonka story dates back to 1960, when we first began carrying Minnetonka moccasins at our store. It all started as a series of traditions for families each year.
Carol Barboza, our store’s Minnetonka expert, began selling moccasins in 1971. She has sold Minnetonka products to both children and parents alike. A Minnetonka fitting by Carol, who has watched the customers and their families grow and expand each year, is a notable experience in itself and is much of the reason we have been able to carry on this Minnetonka tradition across generations of families.
Now it is common to see four or five generations of customers being fit for new moccasins at the same time. We enjoy making our customers happy and ensuring they find a shoe that is both comfortable and stylish and that comes as the result of a tradition of visiting our store each year.
What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The most popular moccasin style in our store is the Thunderbird Boat Moc in brown.
What is your favorite pair of Minnetonka mocs?
Carol’s favorite Minnetonka style is the 3-Layer Fringe Boot in black.
What are a few must see destinations when visiting Bolton Landing on Lake George?
One of our favorite things is to take a dinner cruise of Lake George on a local steamboat. While on the cruise, you’ll pass by 44 of our 170 islands where visitors camp. You will definitely see a variety of tents and lots of marshmallow toasting while passing the islands. Beside the many campers, you are sure to see many of the locals fishing and enjoying an evening boat ride. The evening sunsets are amazing to watch as they radiate beauty across the crystal waters of Lake George.