In today's society, shopping can be done at your fingertips and from the comfort of your own home. But sometimes the best way to really know what you are getting is to get up, stretch your legs, and walk into an actual store. Touch the product, see the durability, and choose a color that is super flattering on you. We bring you (in no particular order) some excellent outdoor stores across the country to fulfill your ideal outdoor lifestyle.
Eastern Mountain Sports was founded by two fishing buddies in the 1960's. Realizing there was a growing market for outdoor gear in the Northeast, they decided to shift careers (one was a lawyer and the other was a hotel manager) to open their first store in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Leon Leonwood (L.L.) Bean began his business in the basement of his brother's apparel shop. He pride himself to never miss an opportunity to improve service to his customers and by 1951, he opened the store 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. To this day, there are no locks on its flagship store in Freeport to honor the founders dedication to customer service.
The first Orvis shooting school, based on the long-standing British model, began training upland bird hunters in 1973. This program has also successfully grown to include schools such as Mays Pond Plantation in Monticello, Florida, and Orvis's shooting preserve at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, New York.
There you have it. Our list of favorite places to go shopping! What's your favorite outdoors store?