With five locations posted around the Niagara region and 33 years of experience, Buckner's Source For Sports has outfitted and equipped athletes of all ages with gear and apparel for lacrosse, running, football, hockey, baseball, and soccer. Adult-sized pads, sticks, and skates from brands such as Easton and Reebok prepare players for pickup games and semipro matches, whereas youth-sized hockey gear helps wee ones learn valuable lessons in teamwork and zamboni-herding. Men's and women's shoes and cross trainers support arches and pad heels as runners race down country roads, and baseball, football, and lacrosse pads and helmets protect players from tackles and fastballs.
The outdoor enthusiasts at Play Hard Niagara outfit visitors for romps on the water, beach, and street. Gear rentals ranging from sit-on-top kayaks to bikes equip explorers for adventures throughout the Port Colborne area, including trips along the old canal and Lake Erie shoreline. For a small fee, Play Hard's staff delivers equipment to nearby locations for full-day rentals. Back in Crystal Beach, the shop displays a multitude of recreational equipment, ranging from land-bound scooters to surf gear that stands ready to skim over a cresting wave or through layers of the upper atmosphere.
Golf Stuff equips golfers and tennis players with the clothes, equipment, and accessories needed to conquer the course or court. Along with new clubs and putters from brands including Callaway, Titleist, and Odyssey, Golf Stuff maintains an inventory of used equipment to help golfers to enjoy the game without dipping into their sand wedge's college fund. Racquet wielders can peruse the store's collection of tennis and badminton equipment, which includes the Babolat Pure Drive racquet series and gear from Adidas, New Balance, and Prince. Golf Stuff's technicians also perform repairs and regripping services for racquets, clubs, and curious spoons.
Renee’s Greenhouses has experienced not only physical growth since opening in 2000—the owners moved from their backyard to a full-size retail shop in 2005—but also philosophical growth. As their inventory expanded, they decided to get bigger shelves and focus on eco-friendly products, such as all-natural soils, fertilizers, and pest-control products. The owners are also phasing out plastic plant containers, instead opting for 100% natural terracotta pottery. The selection of flora ranges from ornamental grasses and shrubbery to perennials and fruit trees; shoppers overwhelmed by the selection can consult with on-site designers from Yardley Designs.
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.