There are two types of outdoor adventurers in Minnesota. Hardy Minnesotans, who enjoy being active outdoors in every season. And the rest of us, who squeeze in as much outdoor activity as we can during the summer months. For both types, there are great local shops ready to help provide as much adventure possible in the upcoming coming summer season. Cabin Fever Sporting Goods This family-owned retailer specializes in hunting, fishing and archery equipment and services. With fishing season in full swing, Cabin Fever can outfit you with the top brands in rods, reels and tackle. Plus, they offer fishing licenses, tips and some best-kept secrets of local lakes. Cabin Fever has a large offering of targets, firearms, pellet guns and archery equipment. Drop in and stock up before the next trip to the cabin. Target shooting can be fun for the whole family. And if you’re staying in town, Cabin Fever has an indoor archery range, rentals and lessons. Get the kids in on the action. Then watch for summer events like the summer youth 3D archery tournament hosted by Cabin Fever and Three Rivers Park District. 1550 Arboretum Blvd., Victoria; cabinfevermn.com Bokoo Bikes and Paddle Sports This one-of-a-kind concept store offers a unique shopping experience. There are 12,000 square feet and more than 600 bikes in the building. The store is an exclusive Giant brand bike dealer with bicycles for a full range of riders. There are little kid trikes, hybrid bikes, comfort bikes and jogging strollers. The children’s trade-up program is really cool. Bokoo gives 50 percent of the purchase price of a new bike toward the purchase of your child’s next bike. This service continues until the purchase of your child’s first adult bike, so there is never any wasted equity. And pre-owned bikes are recycled back into the community. Last year, Bokoo added paddle sport equipment to their showroom. “We’ve worked on our customers legs for so long,” says store owner Ed Vigil. “We decided to give their arms a workout.” Bokoo carries all the best brands in paddle sports like Current Designs, Surftech and Wenonah. 550 Lake Dr., Chanhassen; bokoobikes.com Premier Pool & Spa Premier Pool & Spa has been in business for 24 years and takes fun seriously. Premier has the largest in-store selection of tow-behind and pool inflatables in the area. It is also the only metro dealer of Arctic Spas, which are built in Canada and tested to endure harsh Minnesota winters. If you’re looking to install your own backyard pool paradise, the professionals at Premier build and renovate a number of pools each season. But maybe most intriguing item at Premier is the all-season swim spa. A swim spa is a great invention for Minnesota. It is a swimming pool and hot tub combination that is made to stay open all year long. Swimmers can swim laps against a current, do all those great water aerobics and have a hot tub built right in. It’s great for smaller spaces and is more energy efficient and cost effective than an in-ground pool. 2985 Water Tower Place, Chanhassen; premierpools.com TC Running Company An easy way to enjoy the outdoors is simply to step outside for a walk or run. The experienced staff at the recently remodeled TC Running Company is available to help select the best footwear and apparel for running, walking or jogging. You’ll get assistance from runners who are knowledgeable and passionate about being active. You’ll also find a huge selection of reasonably-priced walking and running shoes. “We don’t want people to lose motivation due to foot, leg or knee pain,” says owner Adam Lindahl. “We can help people find comfortable shoes and whatever accessories they need to make fitness enjoyable.” Once your feet are comfy, TC Running Company can also outfit you in the latest non-cotton, breathable athletic gear to help your whole body feel better. For trail runners, TC Running Company carries lightweight off-road running shoes. Some are waterproof and could also be good for moderate hiking. Round out your active outdoor preparations with socks, water bottles or hydration packs, orthotic braces and nutritional supplements from TC Running Company. 6405 City West Parkway, Eden Prairie; tcrunningco.com
Chanhassen, Eden Prairie and Victoria Shops for Outdoor Recreation Gear
Top shops for outdoor recreation gear.