If you have been in downtown Plymouth, you have surely seen Sun & Snow anchoring the northwest corner of Main and Ann Arbor Trail. Have you been in? It’s a really great store right in the heart of a really great city.
Being on the corner, Sun & Snow has two sets of windows and they always do a great job of decorating them. Regardless of the season, I always love to see how they have decked out their displays. They really have a knack for reeling me in (even though I’m not very sporty).
But you don’t have to be sporty to find something in this store. Besides the obvious ski and snowboard gear, they stock a wide array of clothing, outdoor wear, comfy shoes, and even some good stuff for the family dog. The clothing is all comfortable stuff you could wear to the slopes or around town for men, women, and children.
They also stock a selection of snowshoes, snowboards, and gift items as well as, believe it or not, a rather large selection of swimsuits!
On this particular day, I needed help figuring out what the heck to do about a couple of pairs of cross country skis that were dropped in my lap. Oops! I mean “lovingly passed on to me”.
Although I’m kind of sassing this a bit, the truth is that I gave cross country skiing a whirl and I really like it. It just takes a little practice to get the gliding thing down. Oh, and wee bit of cardio work to actually, well, move. But, truly, it is so very good for the body and such a great way to get outdoors that I’m going to keep up with it. As long as the snow keeps up, that is.
Now, back to those hand-me-down skis. I know nothing about ski equipment, so I spoke with Store Manager Michelle Buckleitner who gave me a crash course on skis, boots, bindings, and a variety of options and ways to proceed with the equipment I had. No hard sales pitch (thank you!) and no hoity-toity attitude (thank you again!). She even taught me how to determine the right size of skis for me with a quick little trick involving a business card.
Although I didn’t buy anything that day, I left the store feeling like a plan was going to come together about my skiing future once I waded through the new information I had and various options I wasn’t expecting. To start with, I’ll be attending their used equipment swap this coming weekend to see if I can swing some boots for the skis I have. Or, with any luck, I can land a new-to-me complete set and maybe some boots for the old stuff that will fit others in the family. And now that I know my options, well, who knows what I’ll end up with! I really felt welcome at Sun & Snow, which means I’ll be back.
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