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


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


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


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

Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence, Kansas


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

Repair Lair in Minneapolis, Minnesota


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!



#CoolShop | Frugal Backpacker in Asheville, North Carolina

Frugal Backpacker opened its doors in 2002 in Asheville, North Carolina with the hopes of making outdoor gear more affordable. “We think the outdoors is for everyone,” says Chris Bubenik, Marketing Manager. He says having such low prices draws people in who otherwise may not more

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#CoolShop | The Mountaineer in Keene Valley, New York

When Vinny McClelland was in his mid 20s, he helped his father build a cabin-like shop out of wood from the local tree mill, not knowing that one day he’d be the owner of The Mountaineer. The family-owned retailer is nestled New York’s Keene Valley, an area with a year-round more


#CoolShop | Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence, Kansas

On a corner of downtown Lawrence, Kansas, there’s a 45-year-old shop with enough camping, paddling, and biking gear that you forget you’re in a pancake-flat state. Sunflower Outdoor and Bike Shop cultivates an outdoorsy culture least expected in the Midwest college town, more

Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, Vermont, is a #CoolShop

This Vermont #CoolShop thinks outside the box

Outdoor Gear Exchange (OGE) in Burlington, Vermont, is on fire. It was recently accepted into Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, the elite group of specialty outdoor retailers. It’s only a few likes away from scoring 13,000 followers on Facebook. And it just wrapped up its very own more

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