Next Shot Sports Gear located at 6303 Highway 99 in Vancouver Washington, truly is a store with a heart. Few people know this, but they operate as a nonprofit to raise money for the Special Olympics.
The store deals mostly in second hand, but the do carry some factory new sporting goods as well.
So give them a call and help out the Special Olympics.
I know I started out with a shameless plug for a friend, right. Well yes and know. You see this blog is about survival and what is better than survival if not enjoying our lives while we still have them. If you can a afford the gear to preform in your hobby, your food budget suffers or you quit doing what you love.
I am sure that you have heard it said that this economy is not getting any better. Well I have said it myself, the thing is after starting a magazine with a goal of helping out small businesses, I began to realize that our economy is not dying it is changing. With the popularity of the internet store owners don’t need the expense of renting out a storefront. Why wouldn’t they cut cost by selling on amazon or eBay just as an example. So the appearance of a dying economy is seen on the surface and even made known in the mainstream press. But how many businesses have gone underground rather than going under? If it appears to the feds that the company no longer exists we do have to pay for some else’s healthcare, right?
Well after I announced that the number of home businesses is going up, I began to approach them about advertising space in the Searcher. Next Shot is close to my house and I love the fact that they were started by a man who has a child that is involved in the Special Olympics. “The participants of the Special Olympics always have high medical bills and the families can’t always afford the gear they need to participate, so I got they Idea of raising money and supplying gear at the same time. What better way to do so than opening a nonprofit sporting goods store for the purpose?” The founder and owner of Next Shot, Brett Rumble, says to me.
As I was researching this interview Kansa got a text from her mother that, “Grandma peacefully slipped away at 11:18 am June 30 the 2014.” After regaining my composer, it was right back to the grind and I asked Brett how someone who needs gear that is involved in the Special Olympics can get gear through Next Shot Sports Gear.
He explain that is they come in for the Special Olympics and the need Shin Guard, Paints, or Shoes, they will just give the gear to them. Noon came around and I still needed to get ready for working a swing shift at Quantum, so I made an appointment to continue the interview on Saturday, July 5th. I wanted to get this issue out before the 4th of July because of the nature of the articles but this interview is important for the integrity of the issue so I missed my dead line. Such is life when you are running a magazine, writing a book and working a full time job. It sucks that there are only 24 hours in a day. The recorded interview will be published on Youtube for the sake of the sake of credibility.
But for now I need to get my wife ready for a funeral and go to work at 15:00 hours. I guess my point is that we must save money in all arias of our lives if we are going save to in our food budget. Small businesses are on the rise because industery does not need as many employees as it once did. Unemployment is where is is because those who once depnded on a specific trade adapted to the changes in our economy. Next Shot like other small businesses must depend on foot trafic to make sales at the store.
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