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.
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.