Outdoor meets fashion in one sneakerhead's retail-shop manifestation of his gear dreams
Housed in an old bank, this 3-year-old shop is preserving the past while outfitting all levels of adventurers
CEO John Mead says he couldn't make ends meet anymore, but not for lack of trying new things, employing a rockstar staff, and getting people outside
Learn tips and tricks from veteran buyers
Honing in on products and maintaining a strong community presence have kept this ski shop ticking for 45 years
This black-owned outdoor store is built around faith, and being a safe space for all identities and communities
Knowing when to scale back and when to stay ahead of the trends has kept Buffalo Peak flourishing for more than three decades
Flannel on khakis is a staple uniform in the outdoor industry. But it doesn’t have to be, and this fashion-forward shop mixes expected "outdoorsy" pieces with the unexpected.
From inventory management to diversification to events and activism, these outdoor shops are preparing for an uncertain future
Is the pro-purchase system a valuable marketing tool, or source of market saturation? ExpertVoice’s Nick Stagge braves the hot seat.
A surefire way to draw customers through your doors: offer free, filtered water
In business for 44 years along the Chattahoochee River, this shop merges surf and mountain culture in a southern state with more than 10 million people
Without diluting its kayaking focus, this shop located in an historic fishing village has gradually and naturally added to its offerings over 20-plus years
The board and Stritzke agree that relationship with another outdoor industry leader is "perceived conflict of interest"
Located in the home of HomoClimbtastic, this store invites everyone to join their wacky scene—and help preserve one of the world's most epic playgrounds
This shop’s history dates back to when the owner was a kid, and since he and his wife bought it, they’ve resurrected it as a town center
To celebrate 50 years, this retailer sent hundreds of its customers outside as part of a six-sport contest
This shop offers the best gear with the best instruction, and welcomes you to chill with the kings and queens of the backcountry (even if you’re not on their shred level yet)
5 tips to make your paddlesports department a family adventure hub
From the grand vision to the nitty-gritty details, from local jaunts to global trots, Indianapolis' Rusted Moon Outfitters will find a way to make it happen for you (and charm your pants off along the way)
Trail Creek Outfitters boasts about its brands, rewards customers with sweet perks, and raises thousands of dollars in donations for the community
Owner Jim Franks shares his secret to luring customers inside and the best places to recreate in the state
Outdoor store meets yoga studio meets art gallery at this Alaska hot spot
Half-priced, used gear helps this old school retailer fight internet discounts
Don't let the slight square footage of this Southern California outdoor shop fool you. It likely carries all you need.
This hunting and gear shop caters to all of Iowa’s hikers, hunters, and fishermen
Nothing is better than swigging a cold one after pounding the pavement
Gun control debate prompts REI to hold orders, MEC to sever ties with Vista Outdoor.
Christine Iksic and Chris Kaminski's Pittsburgh specialty outdoor shop will open its doors officially for the first time this spring. But it's not exactly their first rodeo. They've been outfitting outdoorspeople in the 'Burgh for several years in unconventional ways.
Forget cash and credit cards. This outdoor retailer accepts cryptocurrency in exchange for guided fly fishing trips and a special line of SUPs.
Specialty retail isn’t the Hunger Games: Everyone benefits when retailers stop viewing each other as the enemy and start working together
Simply sell gear, and equip customers for a day. Build a community around your shopping experience, though, and you’ll equip them for a lifetime.
Whether you need a new tent, a solar-powered radio, a stun gun, or even a tattoo, this quirky Florida outdoor retailer has you covered
Try to be all things to all people, and end up pleasing none. The opportunity for both retailers and vendors lies in careful curation instead.
This uber-sustainable, pet-friendly, and musically-inclined retail shop is perennially on the leading edge of specialty outdoor retail
From making movies to giving conservation grants, learn how this specialty outdoor retailer has evolved into so much more than a gear shop
The young owner of this brand new outdoor shop has specialty retail in his blood
Successful online-to-offline referrals depend on accurate dealer listings. Stop giving online customers the wrong information.
A host of unique charitable events and services make this 3-location shop a pillar of the Maine community
Located in a remote town with only 850 year-round residents, The Mountaineer reveals how it has stayed in business for more than 40 years
This family-owned, family-operated business has one mission: Get everyone outdoors. Even glampers.
Repairs, cheap gear, and no BS
Often called the “Boulder of the plains,” this Kansas college town boasts a community equally psyched about the outdoors
Frugal Backpacker is helping adventurers spend less and play more
Is it possible to get a better customer experience on a website than in a shop? Backcountry.com says yes.
Technology is front and center for Terry Lee’s Amazon-focused retailer
At the gates of Yellowstone, this retailer has learned to embrace the non-local traveler, alongside the hometown expert
Dave Polivy is using big-brand marketing to boost his small shop and get around an Amazon-induced downturn
Events, customer confidence, and beer foster a tight-knit community around this local retailer
The newest member of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, Maine Sports Outfitters is one part specialty retailer and one part guide service. It’s a winning combination.
Brian Thompson, general manager of ExOfficio, explains why the outdoor industry needs to better sell the experience rather than the gear
Onion River, in Montpelier, Vermont, capitalized on a bad winter by selling fat bikes
Calling Proof Lab Station a specialty outdoor shop is like calling Yosemite a place. It’s so much more than just that. Founder Will Hutchinson talks about the many reasons customers come into his store in Episode 16 of The Innovation Project.
Backcountry Experience’s deep commitment to hardgoods and custom fitting sets them apart in retail-heavy Durango
It's the scrappiest of start-up stories: Three twenty-something backpackers launched this Ohio shop seven years ago with big dreams, true grit, and 13 credit cards
We visited Taos Mountain Outfitters to see how its new owners have turned the store around
Chopwood Mercantile is a tiny Colorado shop with a massive vision of what specialty outdoor retail could be
Next Adventure's new and used gear concept is a perfect fit for Portland
Because nothing’s better than a cold beer after a mountain bike ride.