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What you see when you walk into Bushwhacker depends on what you do outside and which door you walk through.
It’s a clothing store. You bet, especially during the cold weather. Patagonia, North Face, SmartWool, Kuhl, Prana and more, including our newest, Fjallraven, known for its traditional, rugged Swedish design. How many conversations get started over the pronunciation of that name? Our take: Americans might say FALL-raven, but they stay warm however they say it.
It’s a shoe store. No dress shoes—but the rest of the shoes. The rugged shoes that keep your feet happy all day. Names include Merrell, Keen, Oboz, Salomon, Hoka and Altra. And don’t forget Birkenstock sandals. Russ gets a lot of mileage out of his Bostons in the summer.
It’s a bicycle shop. Yep. Since about 2000. We work on all brands and feature two main lines: Specialized and Giant. During the warmer weather we have about 300 bikes on the floor, but we can ask you three or four questions and quickly arrive at a handful of people movers for your consideration. Ask Robert about working out of the basement at our old location. Good times.
It’s a camping outfitter. We exist because of the outdoors. And we thrive in the outdoors with gear from Osprey, Patagonia, North Face, Marmot and more. Everything from trekking poles, water filters and stoves to backpacks, sleeping bags and tents. If it’s camping gear for the outdoors, the right stuff is right inside.
It’s a ski shop. You’ll think you’re in the middle of snow country. Depending on the weather this winter, you may be. Downhill skis from K2 and Volkel boots, bindings and specialty ski wear. Snowboards by Burton and Arbor. Plus, ski technicians with the skills and equipment to make sure your skis are always ready for the slopes. If snow’s in the forecast for Illinois, think cross-country skis. If it isn’t, dream of Colorado.
It’s a paddle outfitter. Absolutely. The row of kayaks between the store and Knoxville Avenue is almost as memorable a Peoria landmark as the Rock Island Greenway bridge just to the west. Inside, kayaks and canoes hang from the ceiling year-round. In warm weather, the big green wall becomes the big kayak wall. And the Mackinaw River seems closer than ever.
It’s a Peoria store. Has been for a long time. Rich bought the business in 1974 and sold heavy leather hiking boots and climbing rope. Know where One World is on Main and University? That used to be Bushwhacker. We moved a couple more times before landing next to Junction City and the Rock Island Greenway.
We love it here. We think you will too. Use either entrance, and visit us soon