Posted on May 22, 2019
Amherst, NY – Gear For Adventure chooses Amherst for their second store. Building off the success of their original store in Hamburg, NY, Gear For Adventure owners are expanding their market to serve residents in the northtowns. The store offers equipment and apparel for summer and winter activities like hiking, camping and paddling. Business owners Sarah and Kevin Beckwith sensed the lack of a locally owned outdoor gear store in the Amherst area. “We’ve become successful in large part due to our brand of one-on-one, personal, knowledgeable customer service. We really care about our customer’s experience both in the store, and in the outdoors,” stated Sarah Beckwith, adding “our Hamburg customers rely on us for solid, unbiased advice, and that’s what we do. We’re about making sure that what you buy is going to work in the way you expect it to.”
For summer, the store carries kayaks and stand up paddle boards, featuring Wilderness Systems, Perception and Bic Sports, and a full line of tents and sleeping bags from Big Agnes and MSR to Eureka. Clothing options include Patagonia, The North Face, Kuhl and Outdoor Research. Winter equipment snowshoes, accessories and cold weather apparel like Darn Tough, Smartwool and insulated boots.
For those just looking to test the camping or kayaking waters, Gear For Adventure offers kayak, paddle board, tent and sleeping bag rentals. “This is just another way we try to meet our customers’ needs,” Kevin Beckwith added. “There are a lot of folks that aren’t sure if a particular activity is right for them. By offering the option to ‘test the waters’, we’re helping people find the outdoor activity that is going to make them a lifelong enthusiast.”
The new store is located at 3906 Maple Road, next to the Premier Plaza, near the intersection of Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst. The store is open now and their Grand Opening is scheduled for June 15th where there will be a rep from Osprey Packs there to help with backpacks fittings and to answer any questions. Plus giveaways and raffles.
Gear For Adventure was founded by husband and wife team Kevin and Sarah Beckwith in 2004, as an online only store. By 2008 they moved operations to a brick and mortar location in the Village of Hamburg, NY, and now own their own building located at 305 Buffalo Street, Hamburg, NY.