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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.