Best of 2017: #CoolShop

Check out our most popular #CoolShop stories from this year.
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The SNEWS team was so impressed this year by the number of outdoor retailers thinking outside the box, showing devotion to their community, and simply put, giving customers a cool shop to gear up for the great outdoors. Here are a few of our favorites: 

Hometown Sports in McCall, Idaho

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It's cool because: it has a rich family history, certified boot specialists on staff, and it's been thriving for 38 years.

The Hub & Pisgah Tavern in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

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It's cool because: it offers craft beer on tap from around the country, and it has awesome location at the entrance to Pigsah National Forest.

The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, New York

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It's cool because: with only 850 year-round residents, it has stayed in business for more than 40 years.

Frugal Backpacker in Asheville, North Carolina

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It's cool because: it sells samples and out-of-season gear to keep prices super low

Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence, Kansas

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It's cool because: it's cultivating an enthusiastic outdoorsy culture in Kansas.

Repair Lair in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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It's cool because: it's saving customers money and helping the environment by offering gear repair instead of just buying new.

Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, Vermont

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It's cool because: it did a film series based on empowering women, it immensely invests in its staff, and it's giving back to its community.

Do you know a #CoolShop? Tweet us your suggestions, and tell us what makes it special!

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