Saturday, November 22, 2008

A Visit To Scheels

I doubt that any of my friends and family "back east" have heard of Scheels, a sporting goods store chain based mainly in the Midwest (they have five stores in Iowa). Their Sparks Marina store is their furthest venture west. It's within walking distance from our apartment, and it hasn't even been open two months.

I have seen shopping malls that are smaller than this Scheels. It has a full-size Ferris wheel in the middle of it! And two full levels of everything for just about every type of sport.

Each of the two main entrances has a large overhead aquarium, one fresh water, one saltwater.

The sportswear department even has RAVENS jerseys (Ray Lewis and Ed Reed)! It also carries more U. of Nevada stuff than the actual U of N bookstore.

There are at least three shoe departments: one for men, one for women, and one for hiking. Their supplies of camping gear, fishing equipment, and ski stuff are all quite large.

And there are plenty of games to play! We enjoyed the shooting gallery, not unlike the one in Rehoboth Beach we used to play when we were kids. LC shot the birds on top of the model building a few times.

Which reminds me: the most stunning thing about this Scheels is that it has GUNS. Lots of guns. Shotguns, rifles, handguns, pearl-handled six-shooters, you name it. I figure that must be why there are no Scheelses in Maryland!

And on top of all that, there's a fudge and Italian ice store as well. Lots of sugar-free fudge too!

Just seeing everything in Scheels takes a couple hours; it's easy to get lost. Scheels definitely meets the American criteria (voiced by Steve Czaban) of "We want it, we want it now, and we want a lot of it."

See some pics here.


Marilena said...

well where we live, they have truly over done it with the malls. every where you go, there is a gigantic mall. there are 3 of them within 15 kilometers of where we live. its too many. sigh...

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

That sounds like a really neat place. A full sized Ferris wheel?! Wow.