Small business profile: East Ridge Outfitters, Blandon, PA

With all of the internet buzz surrounding the upcoming Small Business Saturday (11/24/12), I’d like to introduce you to my favorite small, local business. East Ridge Outfitters is an outdoors retailer that carries top-notch equipment, clothing, and footwear for camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and trail running.

The beauty of this place is in it’s size. It’s big enough that you’ll have a options in every category, but it isn’t huge. This lack of physical size means that they painstakingly select which manufacturers and items they carry in the store. There is no “low-quality filler” here! I don’t think it’s possible to find an item in the shop that isn’t covered by a lifetime-gaurantee. If you’re looking for gifts or just something new for yourself, East Ridge Outfitters can help you pick the item that is right for you. When you want an item that’s not in the store (from one of the manufacturers they carry), they will do their best to get it for you. It’s rare to find truly “nice” retailers these days, but East Ridge Outfitters have broken the mold. “Like” them on Facebook  for access to frequent “Secret Sales”!

Their Black Friday sales have already started! These include 40% off all in-stock Vibram Five Fingers, as well as 25% MSR Snowshoes!

Brands carried: Osprey (they do custom hipbelt molding on site!), Gregory, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Outdoor Research, Black Diamond, Patagonia, Petzl, MSR, Platypus, Seal Line, La Sportiva, Scarpa, Vibram Five Fingers, Merrell, Five Ten, Deuter, Exped, Thermarest, and more!

Disclaimer: The people at East Ridge Outfitters are friends of mine, so this article may be a bit biased. HOWEVER, they did not ask me to write this post. I didn’t even tell them I was doing it until after it was already up.

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