Since 1949, it’s been personal.
With competition at every turn, an economy we all struggle in, an historic building to keep healthy, and only 24 hours in a day, running a mom and pop outdoor store is hard. Is it worth it? We can’t answer for anyone else, but because ours is basically a toy store for grown-ups in a community that values integrity, family and the environment, the answer is Yes! We wouldn’t have it any other way.
Who wouldn’t love our job? We offer the coolest gear for outdoor enthusiasts, the manufacturers we work with believe in the things that matter, the events we host and support make a difference, the community we work in appreciates the effort, and most importantly the customers we serve are our friends.
The presidents and CEOs of the most respected manufacturers in sport are our friends, not just names on a database. These relationships help us to know the ins and outs of the industry like no one else you might shop with.
We don’t just sell, we shop. We personally select the products we offer, compare them, test them, inspect them and help you choose them. It’s a difference we enjoy when we shop locally ourselves and we’re told it’s meaningful to you here at Sheps. Even if it is old fashioned, it’s been personal to us since 1949.
The best part of what we do is watch excited customers head out with new gear that is just what they wanted, knowing we took care of all the steps necessary to bring those products to them. We love hearing stories of adventure and family when folks come back to share. (Join us during Christmas break – Shep’s is a gathering place for friends who can’t wait to reconnect!)
When dad, Allen Shepherd, coined the shop tag line “It pays to play” he didn’t mean we’d get rich working this hard. He meant it is critical to invest in exercise and plan relaxation. We agree, and we feel fortunate to have 69 years of experience to guide us. So while there are moments of craziness in every day, we’re not crazy. We honestly enjoy being an independent retailer.