There’s a national movement this weekend designed to bring attention to local retailers called “Shop Local Saturday.” Sure, the big-box retailers will bring you sales and $50 flat-screens this Black Friday, but spending your dollars locally can give you the warm-and-happy-holiday feeling that a cheap flat screen just isn’t going to match. We outdoor enthusiasts have a lot of options when it comes to purchasing gifts and gear, but this year, I suggest going local for your holiday purchases. Here are a few of my favorite stores.
Located at 912 South 8th Street, Madison-Davis Bicycle Shop has been in Quincy in some form or other since the 1930’s. Founder JW Madison started fixing bikes in his home as a hobby, later moved into a store on Kentucky street, then to its current location on South 8th. Current owner Greg Davis keeps the store stocked for everyone’s cycling needs. Whether you’re looking for a new bike for your kids, a commuter or recreational ride for a gift, or maybe a high-end
custom Trek for yourself, Madison-Davis has you covered. They also carry a wide selection of accessories including helmets, computers, gloves, clothes, shoes and more. It’s also a good time to see Ryan in the service department. He can winterize your bike and have it in good shape for next spring. Some sales this weekend will include Nike Cycling Shoes, Trek DraftPack seat bags, Team Jerseys (Livestrong, Radio Shack, Leopard) Sale for 30% – 50% off, and Quincy Bike Club jerseys for $59.95.
Great Debate Books is located in the Maine Center (6th and Maine) in Quincy and is one of the best local booksellers in the area. You’ll find me browsing the collection of outdoor books a couple of times a month, and I rarely leave empty handed. They’ve got a nice range of gift ideas- I especially like the bird and flower identification guides as stocking stuffers. Even better, if there is a book they don’t have in-stock, they can order for you and have in the store quite fast. The owners of the store, the Stoker Family, are big proponents of the “Live Local” movement, and they pride themselves on the section of the store devoted to showcasing local authors.
The size of the Game Master’s store at 5100 Broadway might belie the fact that it’s a locally owned and run store. The secret to the store offering so much merchandise and so many brands is that the store partners with a large group of independent outfitters called NBS (Nation’s Best Sports) who band together to leverage buying power the same way that big players in sporting goods do. The store has most everything an adventurer needs, and then some. Hunters have long known about the store’s selection, but have you been in the very back of the store to the Athletics department? They’ve got all the brands you’d expect from a big-store: Under Armor, Columbia, Nike, Wilson, Rawlings, etc. and lots of the brands you’d expect from a small specialty store like Amphipod and Pro-Form. The store also gets props from me for having a nice selection of Iowa Hawkeyes merchandise (hey, it’s my blog, I have to give my team some love).
This Quincy store has been in my life since my days as a goalie on a Quinsippi Soccer team. I still remember my first blue and white padded Puma jersey and matching gloves that my mom bought me there, and I remember the way they made me feel like I could stop any shot on goal that came my way. The store is located next to Subway at 936 Broadway, and is still probably the best place in town to shop for soccer accessories. Besides soccer items though, the store carries a good selection of football, baseball, and basketball merchandise, as well as general sporting goods, shoes and clothes. They also house a screen printing business, and have clothes with our local sports teams like the Quincy Blue Devils in stock.
So there you are. For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s no substitute for a knowledgeable store staff, and when you keep your spending in our community, it helps us all grow. Visit these stores for “Shop Local Saturday” this year or any day you’re looking for great customer service, a good selection and a happy feeling from supporting local business.
Author’s Note: None of the stores in my blog today gave any consideration to be part of my article. I just like to shop at these places. I didn’t call the stores to find out all of their individual sales, but I did link their websites so you can find all the best information there! Viva Local Businesses!