TenkaraGrasshopper on the South Platte, Colorado

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Supporting Local Small Business

I know this is a bit off topic but yet it is timely in my opinion. Last night I was watching TV with my fiancee and during the commercials one of the credit card companies talked about a shop local Saturday. I thought about this last night and decided that today would be a good day to talk about this concept but change it a bit.

Just as a side note, I am writing this at a local coffee shop here in Aurora, CO called the Beantree. I could have gone to Starbucks but felt this was the right choice instead. It goes with this post I guess. That being said I am sitting here drinking an amazing Chai latte made to order and I must say it is amazing. So if you are in the Aurora, CO area at Illiff and Peoria come check it out.

Also, I had an experience earlier this week that prompted this post as well that I am very happy to report to you all today.  I am always trying to buy fly tying supplies from local fly shops here in the Denver metro area and will even drive a ways into the mountains to check out the shops there as well. I was looking for a few small items for a few flies that I wanted to try.

I have many shops that are within about 20 to 30 minutes of my home so I just did a quick Google search and found Colorado Skies Outfitters in Parker, CO. Having been there once before almost a year and a half ago I decided to check them out. After driving a short distance to the shop I arrived at one of the few fly shops that you can tell is run by dedicated guides from the outside. OK, so how could I tell?

If you go to a fly shop like Colorado Skies Outfitters you know you are in the right place when there is a pickup truck that has obviously been used hard and a drift boat on a trailer sitting in front of the shop that has been obviously lovingly cared for. The windows on the doors are covered with stickers from multiple manufacturers from around the country and world.

Now upon entering the store I was greatly impressed by the fact that the guy working was sweeping the floor of the shop as I entered. That just went to show me that the people working there truly care about the look of the shop. Just as I entered I was greeted with a very friendly welcome as I walked the shop looking for a few things. I was asked if I had been fishing recently and I had to admit that I had not been out as recently as I would have liked.

What impressed me about this exchange was that I got a sense that I was not just considered just another customer but a fishing buddy. OK fine, so a new fishing buddy but a fishing buddy none the less. We chatted for about 20 minutes before I got a call from my CO aka my fiancee. I was supposed to meet her for lunch. But before I left I ran into Theo Anest, who from what I hear is the penultimate guide.

We chatted for a few and he told me that he was going to be heading up to Grey Reef for two months. What an awesome life. A great shop and the chance to travel. Seriously? What an awesome way to live. I then headed out the door and went to meet with my fiancee.

OK, so what does all this have to do with supporting local business? I guess what I am trying to say is that having gone to a small fly shop like this and feeling like more than a random customer I have decided that I am going to return to the shop more frequently. I can also go to the Bass Pro Shop but I have decided that the little guy is the best one to frequent.

I want to ask all of you, my dedicated readers, to please find that small local fly shop or small local coffee shop or whatever small business you can use and continue to frequent these locations more and more.

Even though the credit card companies and some of the local Chambers of Commerce suggest specific days I would ask and suggest that we all not just choose one specific day but make every day a Shop Local Day.

Below is the link for Colorado Skies Outfitters. Check them out, they are the best!
http://coloradoskiesoutfitters.com/

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