Friday was an on the road day for me, most of it spent on Bainbridge Island. I knew that Wildernest Outdoor Store, one of my favorite little gear shops in Port Townsend, had expanded to Bainbridge Island, but this was my first time to pop in. Every time I go into the Port Townsend shop, I admire how well they’ve set themselves up, with an emphasis on apparel and other goods whose margins will help them stay in business, but with an ample supply of stuff you wouldn’t expect to find in a small town 45 minutes from the nearest climbing gym and a good long way away from the nearest real crag.
The Bainbridge store doesn’t disappoint. I wish I’d had my real camera, and I didn’t think to snap an exterior shot, but I did take a few camera-phone pics. Here are the basics.
I was shocked at how much square footage they’ve managed to fill on Bainbridge — the store is big. I was pleased to be greeted right inside the front door by an Ibex Womens’ display — they’re one of my favorite brands (and all around awesome peeps) so it was nice to see them featured so prominently.
The apparel selection is enviable. I didn’t even look at the mens’ side of the shop, but they’ve got all the womens brands I’d want to buy, pretty much. Complete with a fantastic selection of one of my favorite accessory brands, Haiku bags. I narrowly escaped without picking up a new laptop bag from Haiku.
The camping supply section was great, with a good selection of gear, packs, tents sleeping bag and other necessities (and not-so-necessary-ies).
Finally, the climbing section is small, but has a good supply of basics, including cord by the foot (YAY!) and a Black Diamond heavy selection of gear.
The shop is located at 310 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, and their phone number is (206) 780-8527. For more information, owners Steve and Kerry Sutorius can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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