Indian Lake Outfitters is the brainchild of outdoors enthusiast Bryan—known as “the buyer” to his staff—and business expert Brenda—who’s known as “the brains”. But the husband and wife team acknowledge that, as long as their daughter Bostyn— “the boss”—is around, they’ll never really be in charge. Together, they maintain a climate-controlled, indoor archery range and stock the shelves of their store with outdoor electronics, clothing, and gear to fulfill customers’ hunting, fishing, camping, and boating needs. Posters line the walls of the archery range, where customers pull back bowstrings and sling arrows at targets, or attempt to shoot metaphorical arrows of love at their dates. Every third Thursday, Indian Lake Outfitters hosts an archery night for women.
One of the Dayton area's only dedicated fishing instruction, Ohio Fly Fish Guy outfits prospective fishers with all the necessary knowledge and equipment to successfully cast their reels on the open water. Using custom tied flies, reels, rods and equipment, water sportsmen receive the wherewithal to enjoy their relaxing outdoor day. For those who need a little more instruction, Ohio Fly Fish Guy also leads half-day and full day fly-fishing excursions.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Mad River Outfitters, in business for almost 20 years, outfits anglers with gear, classic clothing, and products by Orvis, Filson, Barbour, and other leading brands. The shop features flies that replicate natural food sources, as well as personalized advice that each customer needs to become successful anglers in Ohio waters and beyond. In addition to helping customers select proper equipment, Mad River Outfitters hosts classes for beginners and expert anglers alike with topics including Knots & Leaders, Fly Casting, and Specialty Fly Tying—always with instructors who can provide specialized advice, such as how to outsmart the wily trophy fish.
With decades of experience skimming the shores of Lake Erie, U.S. Coast Guard–licensed Captain Sib Randolph has had ample time to hone in on the best spots to nab walleye, bass, and perch. Though he relies on years of successful fishing charters to guide his routes, it doesn’t hurt that his 27-foot SportCraft fishing boat is equipped with fish-finding and navigational equipment. In addition to advice on the likelihood of a fish’s ability to grant wishes, Captain Randolph supplies fishermen with free bait and ice.
River Lures lets bipeds escape the bounds of terra firma and venture out into Ohio's open waters with kayak and canoe rentals. Customers can coast atop the glistening azure waterways of the Maumee River just steps from River Lures' storefront or take rentals to favorite lakes, ponds, or neighborhood kiddie pools. Patrons can use their rental vessels to escape the bustle of urban spaces, retreating to verdant landscapes blooming with the sounds of nature while enjoying two full hours of paddling paradise. Though not included with today's Groupon, River Lures also has new and used kayaks for sale.