Nichole Callahan recently moved to the Charlotte area from Pennsylvania and opened Sports Fanatics in Indian Trail. Her boyfriend, Brian May, says the couple enjoys the family friendly, laid-back lifestyle in the area.
The new Sports Fanatics store in Indian Trail recognizes that not every sports fan in the Charlotte area is a guy cheering for Duke or North Carolina.
A good portion of the store is dedicated to Pittsburgh Steelers items. Female customers can buy pink sports items, shirts with a flattering cut and even a team bathing suit.
Consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday increased to 71 percent from 67 percent from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 compared to the same period a year ago, according to a survey released today by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and American Express. Of those aware, 46 percent said they shopped on Small Business Saturday.
With awareness up, the end result was increased spending at small businesses. This year, consumers who were aware of Small Business Saturday reported spending $5.7 billion with independent merchants on the day, an increase of 3.6 percent from a strong $5.5 billion in 2012.
This is a unique Bass Pro Shops store that will open on December 4th in Palm Bay, Florida. The new 80,000-square-foot Bass Pro Shops Stick Marsh Outpost is positioned to outfit the areas outdoor sports enthusiasts in addition to the one to two million people who visit the Brevard County area annually. Palm Bay offers some of South Florida’s most beautiful natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities, including swimming, boating, diving, hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and more.
The store’s imagery, murals, and displays reflect the region’s geography and wildlife populations. The store will include a museum, art gallery, 16,000 gallon freshwater aquarium, rustic log cabin motif entrance area and centers for conservation education and fun.
Klamath Falls will be home to one of the newest Sports Authority branches in the Northwest.
Store manager Steve Lindholm checked on freight arriving Wednesday morning behind the store located in the Jefferson Square Mall. He and 27 other employees are gearing up to kickoff the grand opening of the store at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Clothes4Souls, a division of the international anti-poverty nonprofit Soles4Souls Inc., today announced a fall coat and boot drive in partnership with Gander Mountain, the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products All Gander Mountain retail stores will collect gently used coats and boots November 15-27.
Gander Mountain stores will reward customers who donate their old coats or boots with a gift card in exchange for purchases of new coats, boots and cold weather accessories. Please see your local Gander Mountain store for details. “Gander Mountain is happy to once again partner with Soles4Souls and Clothes4Souls in the important work they do, supplying shoes and coats to those in need,” said Steve Uline, Gander Mountain’s executive vice president of marketing. “With colder weather on the way, this is the perfect time for an effort like this one, which will mean warm footwear and outerwear for those who might otherwise be lacking.”
A lack of adequate footwear and clothing has always had a close relationship with the enormous personal and social costs of global poverty. Experts estimate that approximately 400 million children worldwide – almost as many as the entire U.S. population – live in poverty. Millions of these children will grow up never having had a pair of shoes or adequate warm clothing, resulting in significant ramifications for their health and well-being. Lacking proper footwear and clothing, countless children will not be able or permitted to attend school. And tens of millions of these poverty-stricken, boys and girls will be more susceptible to illness. To date, Soles4Souls has donated items across 127 countries. The coats and boots collected from this event will directly further that impact.
Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer told a German magazine that sales of World Cup soccer balls and jerseys will lift sales at the sporting goods giant in current quarter and 2014. In an interview with Hadelsblatt magazine, Hainer said problems with a new Russian distribution center continue to plague the company’s $1 billion operation there, but that he expects a signfiicant jump in sales in 2014 as the facility hits its stride and World Cup sales ramp up.
FIFA reported Thursday that it had received 6,164,682 requests for tickets to the 2014 FIFA World Cup as of Thursday’s deadline, with 70.86 per cent coming from the host country Brazil and the remaining 29.14 per cent from the rest of the world.
The baseball season is over and the off season is here, so a great way to keep a piece of baseball around year round is buying the Authentic Baseball Glove Chair from Rawlings. The chair, weighing 116 lbs can be ordered and delivered by Christmas if you place your order by December 15th.
“The leather for this chair is selected from the top 5% of steer hides in the Midwestern U.S.—the same as used in Rawlings’ acclaimed “Heart of the Hide” baseball glove. Leveraging Rawlings’ 125 years of experience making quality sporting goods, each chair is built to order by master craftsman in the company’s St. Louis facility, who assemble the all-wood frame by hand. An included removable 12″ square armrest is made from the same top-quality leather. The size is 44″ H x 39″ W x 28″ D.”
The chair, at $6,200 is a hefty price to pay for a piece of furniture, but hey it’s there if you can afford it. Check it out at Hammacher Schlemmer’s website.
PITTSBURGH and BRISTOL, Conn., Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — DICK’S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line sporting goods retailer, and ESPN today announced a multi-year agreement in which DICK’S will serve as the exclusive eCommerce provider of licensed merchandise and sporting goods on ESPN.com and related digital properties. This is the latest evolution in a growing relationship between ESPN and DICK’S Sporting Goods, which also includes sponsorship of ESPN’s Champ Week coverage for college basketball, and content collaborations such as Hell Week, an original documentary produced by DICK’S Sporting Goods Films in association with ESPN, which aired on ESPN2 and ESPNU earlier this year.
As a result of the new agreement, fans will now be able to shop an expanded range of licensed fanwear available at the rebranded ESPN Fan Shop powered by DICK’S Sporting Goods, located at dicks.com/espnfanshop. Contextually integrated shopping opportunities will be featured across ESPN platforms in the near future — including ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio and mobile properties like ScoreCenter, GameCast and WatchESPN — allowing fans to easily purchase officially licensed products from their favorite MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA, EPL, MLS teams and more while following their favorite athlete or team. In addition to licensed apparel, the site will carry an expanded assortment of ESPN merchandise, including the award-winning 30 for 30 documentary series.
AZ Flyboard – We already know this new phenomenon is hitting the country and globe for that matter like a tidal wave hitting land. You can literally “fly like Iron Man and swim like dolphins.” Roughly two years old, the flyboard phenomenon has popped up basically anywhere there’s water and a beach.
If you live in the Arizona – Phoenix Metro area and are looking for a place to try this hot new sport of flyboarding, you’re in luck because Kenny Brown brought AZ Flyboard Rentals to the Valley. AZ Flyboard Rentals is the first and only licensed and certified Flyboard Company in Phoenix, AZ! Just a couple months ago, it debuted for the first time at the Lake Pleasant’s – Pleasant Harbor Marina. The introductory flight is $149. That includes a 10-minute lesson, 15-minute flight, a DVD of what you did and a T-shirt. For more info about pricing or scheduling a flight please check out their website at www.azflyboardrentals.com