RETAIL HEAVEN

by Jon Novoselac

While Amanda recently made her way around the various strip-malls and outlets in Las Vegas, I enjoyed my own version of “retail heaven” at Bass Pro Shops.

According to the company’s website, “In 1971 young Johnny Morris, frustrated by the lack of tackle in local stores, rented a U-Haul trailer and took off across the country filling it with the newest premium fishing tackle he could find.

“When he returned home to Springfield, Missouri, Johnny started in the fishing business with eight feet of space in his dad’s liquor store which became a popular stopping-off place for local and out-of-state fishermen on the way to the Ozark’s famous bass lakes.”

The store in Vegas has more stuffed animals than the Disney souvenir shop. There are full-size taxidermy displays including black bears, Dall sheep, mule deer, elk, mountain lions, African game, more ducks and geese than I saw in ten years in Wisconsin, upland birds, multiple waterfalls, aquariums and ponds with live trout the length of my arm. I’m not kidding.

A close-up of the elk display.

They even have a fully stocked fly shop “inside” the store – White River Fly Shop – which puts most fly shops here in Australia to shame.

My kind of shopping.

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