Out of the Red and Into the Black – Shop Small

I spent over 20 years on the battle lines of "Black Friday" working in both small camera shops and big box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase "Black Friday" seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]

Buying the Big Box Bike

Way back in the early 1970's, I saved up money in a cigar box that I hid on the top shelf of my closet. The money was collected from mowing lawns and a paper route, I had designs on this money. I wanted a new bike. As Christmas was getting close, my parents decided to add to my stash and buy me my first 10-speed. It was a Huffy bought from a local big box store (Toys-R-Us I think) and I would … [Read more...]

Stuff Your Stocking

It's that time of year when many of us are scrambling to finish our holiday shopping or picking up those little treats to fill the stockings of friends and family. If you have outdoor fanatics in your circle,  Arkansas Outside's supporters have the goods to get your holiday shopping done with style. Head on over to Fayettechill Basecamp if you're in NWA, grab some Pendelton Woolen Mills socks … [Read more...]

Out of the Red and into the Black

I spent over 20 years on the battlelines of "Black Friday" working in both small camera shops and big box electronics stores. I got out before it started creeping into Thanksgiving, thank goodness. Although the phrase "Black Friday" seems evil and sinister, it started as the terminology used by shop owners for the day they would actually start making money for the year. That's right, many small … [Read more...]

Let’s Make New Friends

We're hearing a lot about the shop local movement and we are all for it. Let's take it a little farther. We have been blessed at Arkansas Outside over the last year to get to know many of the employees and owners of local bike shops, running shops, workout businesses, outdoor shops, restaurants, etc. Let's make new friends this holiday season.   Take some time and introduce yourself, … [Read more...]