We Did It!
To celebrate closing on the purchase of our building, we decided a little champagne toast was in order!
Hello and Happy New Year,
Thank you again for your support of Outdoor Gear Exchange and our effort to purchase our building. On January 1sy we officially we closed on the purchase!
This would not have been possible without you in so many ways. On a strictly monetary level, the $110,000 we raised through our crowd-funding campaign was critical in our ability to close within the terms of our option to purchase the building. More importantly though we have grown OGE and GearX since our humble beginnings in 1995 with ongoing support and encouragement by our community (friends, family, industry partners, and customers). That support has allowed us to increase the breadth and quality of the products and brands we sell as well as develop our systems and policies to create an effective and employee-friendly work environment at the same time as we've built a customer-friendly shopping experience. We are both very proud of OGE and our amazing staff and grateful for everyone we get to interact with through the store on a daily basis.
OGE is recognized nationally for its growth and for offering what many industry veterans have described as the fun gear-shop experience of days gone by; and that experience includes you! Mike and I have been at OGE since the beginning and have had the pleasure of seeing our customers grow with us in both the breadth and depth of their outdoor experience. We've even hired folks whose first OGE experience was as toddlers shopping on Main Street with their parents. We are proud to be part of Burlington’s outdoor community and appreciative of the community for allowing us to continue to grow our vision responsibly including providing consistent employment for over 90 Vermonters year round, supporting national and local non-profits to help create and maintain access to the lands and activities we love, and to support great community events like the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.
Owning our building will allow us to continue to be a retail and community anchor on Church Street and we look forward to entering our 20th year with you by our side!
Marc, Mike, and the entire OGE staff!