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:
It's cool because: it has a rich family history, certified boot specialists on staff, and it's been thriving for 38 years.
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.
It's cool because: with only 850 year-round residents, it has stayed in business for more than 40 years.
It's cool because: it sells samples and out-of-season gear to keep prices super low
It's cool because: it's cultivating an enthusiastic outdoorsy culture in Kansas.
It's cool because: it's saving customers money and helping the environment by offering gear repair instead of just buying new.
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.