A new business is set to open in the Brick District with the new year.
Meadowlark Outfitters, which will offer firearms, ammunition, gunsmithing, firearm accessories, consignments, transfers, hunting apparel and live bait and tackle, as well as other hunting and fishing-related supplies like wild game cook books and spices, is the dream of owner Mike Mullett.
"If somebody inherits their grandpa's rifle that doesn't work, I can get it up to working condition if they have all the parts or I can get replacement parts," Mullett said.
He can also help with newer firearms — his services also include rechambering and manufacturing ammunition.
Mullett began offering his services as a gunsmith in 2017.
"It started out as a homebound business," Mullett said. "Just me essentially helping out friends and family."
With business expanding, Mullett decided it was time to open up a storefront location.
"It grew to the point where I needed to open a shop to facilitate all the people who were coming to me for help," he said.
The new business will open in January at 510 Court Street. It was important to Mullett to secure a Brick District address.
"The Brick District is kind of the heart and soul of Fulton," he said.
Though the doors aren't yet open, Mullett encourages customers to give him a call at 660-537-9381.
Mullett said that firearms and hunting have always been a part of his life.
"I grew up on a farm outside of Boonville and I think I head a firearm in my hands hunting in the woods from the age of 9 or 10," he said.
After working for other firearms companies, Mullett decided to take the leap and go into business for himself.
"I had a fear of could I be successful, but you're never going to be successful if you sitting on a corner scared," he said.
He plans to source merchandise from within the state if possible.
"I want to keep my dollars in the state of Missouri," he said.
Mullett wants all to feel welcome in his shop.
"I wanted to make sure the store is welcoming to all people," Mullett said. "Women hunt, kids hunt, everyone can hunt. I want to be the shop that's open to everybody and welcoming to all walks of life."
He envisions a future where someone could walk by the store in 15 years and fondly remember buying their first hunting gear inside.
"I look forward to being a part of the Fulton community with this business," Mullett said.