Best Sporting Goods Store: Clintonville Outfitters

From the March 28, 2013 edition

Alive readers’ runaway favorite sporting goods merchant is more than a place to buy tents, boats and backpacks.

It’s a hub for a sprawling unofficial outdoor adventurers’ club that exists throughout Central Ohio — those types who’d rather be out kayaking on weekend mornings than springing for brunch, those who prefer rock climbing vacations over a beach chair and a book.

From in-depth classes to brief but instructive in-store conversations, whether you’re an expert or a novice looking to get off your butt, the staff does its part to get Columbus enjoying the great outdoors.

Best Sporting Goods Store runners-up: Aspen Ski and Board, The Outdoor Source

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