Founded by passionate fly fishermen, Uptown Angler's virtual and real shelves brim with a huge variety of tackle, rods, and essential accessories for fly fishing excursions. With rods from Sage, Orvis, and Winston and hundreds of flies, fishermen can customize their lure of choice. The shop also carries sunscreen, instructional books and DVDs, and boat accessories. The knowledgeable staff leads lessons on proper fly-fishing techniques including terminology, roll casting, and rigging without accidentally flying away.
Headed by two former LSU runners, Louisiana Running Company is both a source of high-quality running gear and a social hub in the running community. Patrons can peruse sweat-wicking apparel, watches designed to be worn in motion, and shoes by brands such as Brooks and Mizuno. A shoe-sizing process with video gait analysis ensures a supportive fit. In addition to supplying gear, the shop's staff organizes free running groups and updates customers with news on races throughout the state.
When Darryl and Larry Massey founded their flagship sporting goods store, Massey’s Professional Outfitters, in 1972, they never dreamed it would become an empire. But that’s exactly what happened. Within a handful of years, the father-and-son company had sprouted five locations stocked with a range of recreational equipment for outdoor enthusiasts. Though an undulating market and shifts in consumer interests challenged the company, Massey’s remained dedicated to equipping its clientele with gear from revered brands such as Patagonia, North Face, and Lowe Alpine. Today, their legacy is carried on by family members who share their vision of focusing on the needs of each consumer, whether the client wants to rent a kayak or requires specialty footwear for hiking or wading through a swimming pool of cake batter.
Opened in 1982 by avid runners Mike Andrews and George Owen, Southern Runner not only stocks top-notch athletic apparel and footwear by brands including Asics, Moving Comfort, and New Balance, but also acts as a community center for those who love to run. Though Andrews and Owen still helm this runner’s haven, today they have additional support from a hodgepodge of life-long and late-in-life runners and walkers, including college athlete Kevin Fitzgerald, track coach and founder of Run, Chicks, Run Kristin Depp, and ultra-marathoner Tim Philips. When not helping fellow athletes find their perfect shoe with in-store foot evaluations, the crew leads weekly running groups, helps schools and coaches outfit their teams, and chases down bank robbers on foot.
Krav maga is a functional self-defense regimen that's used by the Israeli Defense Forces, but anyone with an interest in self-defense can learn it. At Street Smarts Krav Maga, experienced instructors teach students how to defend themselves against strikes, chokes, grabs, and weapons. Street Smarts' other training programs are similarly based in functional fitness, including TRX suspension training, yoga, and heavy rope training.
With more than 40 years experience in the scuba-diving business, Harry's dedicated scuba instructors guide wannabe wet-suiters through scuba essentials over the course of 90 moistened minutes. For the scuba experience, students need only bring a swimsuit and towel; they'll be outfitted with all the necessary diving equipment on site. Open to divers as young as eight years old, these classes take place in an on-site heated pool, where dive masters teach basic gear functions, underwater breathing, proper safety precautions, and dolphin etiquette. Students will also have free time during the class to flipper about with the instructor.