Friday, September 30, 2011

Mexican Imported Falsa Blankets

Mexican-style blankets, also known as Falsa Blankets, are becoming hugely popular.  Not only are they used as  blankets, but they are also being used as yoga mats, interior car seat covers, prayer blankets, and even door mats!  What makes our Falsa Blankets so unique is that we go straight to the source.  We order our blankets right out of Mexico from the vendor who actually makes them!  Our pricing is very competitive, as we only charge $7.99/blanket.  But, if you are wanting to order in bulk, simply give us a call and we'll see if we can make a deal!

We offer a wide variety of colors-from turquoise, purple, pink, blue, red, and even orange.  You name the color, chances are, we've got it!  So, the next time you are looking for Falsa Blankets, go to our online store or give us a call and we'll make sure you get what you are looking for!

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Call us at 1-800-716-8413

Friday, September 16, 2011

Handcrafted Navajo Kachina Dolls

Whether you are new to the Southwest or are a Southwest native, the story behind Kachina Dolls is really special.  The Hopi tribe were the ones to first begin to make Kachina Dolls.  These Hopi Kachina Dolls, also known as katsinas, are the representation of the Hopi deity and have much religious significance and meaning attached to them.  They were originally made to be given as gifts to children so that the children could learn the stories behind each doll, and the religious significance of each one.  The Hopi make their Kachina Dolls by carefully carving cottonwood root and hand painting each one.  No two dolls are alike, as each one is hand made!  Hopi Kachinas can be very expensive-due to the amount of work and effort that has to go in to each doll.

The Navajo tribe really enjoyed these Hopi kachinas, so they began creating their own.  Unlike the Hopi Kachina Dolls, the Navajo kachina has no religious significance.  They are not hand carved from cottonwood root as are the Hopi katsinas.  The body parts of the Navajo kachina are machine made, and the dolls are then pegged and glued together.  They are, however, finished by the Navajo.  Each of our Navajo Kachina Dolls are individually handcrafted and hand painted.  Because of this, no two are alike in feathers or clothing.  Navajo kachinas can be more affordable than the Hopi, since it is not hand carved from cottonwood root.

You will know a Kachina Doll is authentic by looking at the bottom of it.  There, you should be able to find the name of the artist responsible for creating that kachina.  Head to our site, to view our selection of beautiful handcrafted Navajo kachinas!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

How Bowlin Travel Centers Came To Be

Most people don't realize how long Bowlin Travel Centers has been in business-or even how this business came to be.  Our company dates back to 1912 when Claude M. Bowlin first began trading with the Native Americans in northern New Mexico.  He worked hard to learn their language and customs, and to conduct business with integrity and honesty. Before he knew it, Mr. Bowlin had laid the foundation to what would become a thriving business!

Now, almost 100 years later, Bowlin Travel Centers, Inc. works hard to maintain the traditions of integrity, honesty, and hospitality that this business was founded on.  We provide high quality merchandise at competitive pricing at all of our 10 store locations in Arizona and New Mexico.  There, you will find anything and everything such as Navajo handcrafted Horse Hair Pottery, handcrafted Native American jewelry, Minnetonka Moccasins, western figurines, even T-shirts, shot glasses, and fireworks! 

In addition to our store locations, Bowlin's has expanded to encompass 5 Dairy Queens along I-10 and I-40, a web store, an outdoor advertising division, and an up and coming wholesale division. Mr. Claude Bowlin worked hard to get this business started, and we are working hard to maintain it in a way that would make him proud!  If you're ever in the area of our office or store locations, please stop by for a visit!  We'd love to show you true Bowlin hospitality! 

Our 10 store locations:
 1. Flying C Ranch Travel Center & DQ
2. Picacho Peak Travel Center & DQ
3. Picacho Peak Plaza Travel Center
4. Bluewater Outpost Travel Center & DQ
5. Running Indian Travel Center
6. Old West Trading Post
7. Akela Flats Trading Post
8. Butterfield Station Travel Center & DQ
9. Continental Divide Trading Post
10. "The Thing?" Travel Center & DQ