Are you a #CoolShop?

Original ideas, different business plans, interesting histories and unique traits litter specialty outdoor retail. Tell your #CoolShop story.
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Next Adventure wins the retailer growth category at Grassroots Connect 2018

Next Adventure in Portland, Oregon, is one cool shop! Owners Bryan Knudsen and Deek Heykamp pose here in front of their flagship store in downtown Portland. 

With four generations of local shop owners before her, Patty Boydstun-Hovdey was destined to open Hometown Sports in McCall, Idaho. For Maine Sport Outfitters in Rockport, a 35,000 square foot retail space is eclipsed by the outdoor playground of their guide service. Onion River Sports in Montpelier, Vermont thrives in a town of just 8,000. The owners of Le Québec Hors Circuits in Quebec fought to bring outdoor gear to their off-the-beaten-path locale.

Specialty outdoor retail is full of unique people, shops and stories keeping the industry vibrant and fresh. The #CoolShop series shares profiles of those specialty retail innovators and pioneers, spreading their insight and experience to the rest of the industry.

Read more of these stories here. Do you think you’re a #CoolShop? Fill out the questionnaire here with as much detail as possible to be considered. 


Dannwolf and Jones recently instituted a policy that entitles employees after 5 years to a paid "sabbatical" to use on something like a ski trip. // Image: Courtesy

#CoolShop | Powder7 in Golden, Co

In 2007, new business owners Jordan Jones and Amy Dannwolf still had a lot to learn, including when to NOT go on vacation. Thinking their online ski business would slow down for the holiday, Jones and Dannwolf (now husband and wife) decided to spend their long Thanksgiving more

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Best of 2017: #CoolShop

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, more