Outdoor recreation store sales surge as Vermonters explore state

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STOWE, Vt. (WCAX) Vermonters are turning to their own backyards for recreation and some outdoor shops are cashing in.

While they may not see as many tourists this year, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters in Stowe has never been busier. They've been doing curbside pickup during the pandemic, but they opened up their store with some precautions this weekend.

Steve Brownlee, the owner of the shop, says the warm weather has been bringing people out, and they've already exceeded last year's sales numbers.

"Folks have been renting canoes with us, buying canoes," he said. "We've probably sold more canoes this season so far than we've sold last season altogether."

Brownlee hopes that business will continue at this pace as we get into even warmer temperatures.