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click to enlarge Jennifer Johnson of Adventure's Edge. - PHOTO BY ZACH LATHOURIS.
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  • Jennifer Johnson of Adventure's Edge.

Adventure's Edge

BEST Outdoor Gear Store & BEST Sporting Goods Store

If pressed, Jennifer Johnson will tell you Adventure's Edge snagged a pair of Best of Humboldt wins because of "our great customer service and the knowledgeable staff." Not only do they know the ins and outs of pretty much every outdoor activity on land or sea, they'll walk a newbie or a fellow expert through selections one on one. And there's a lot to choose from. "People come here and go, 'Wow, I didn't realize you had so much here,'" she says.

These days she's moving lots of hiking and biking equipment and maps, which makes sense since they're great solo activities we can still enjoy without traveling out of the county. (Let's keep it to single-household outings, hikers and riders.)

Founded in 1970, the brand is an institution but another possible reason for the goodwill toward the Arcata and Eureka shops might be their connection to the community. Since buying Adventure's Edge 12 years ago, Johnson has made a point of donating a percentage of the profits. Every year, she says, "We give $10,000 to $20,000 back to the local community." Nice to see an outdoor business practicing the old campground rule of leaving a place better than you found it.

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Antique Store

Old Town Antiques
318 F St., Eureka; 442-3235

Second Place: Anglin Second Hand

Third Place: Annex 39 Antiques

Appliance Store

Poletski's Appliance Center
341 W Harris St., Eureka; 445-3138

Second Place: Vern's Furniture

Third Place: Eel Valley Appliance

Bicycle Shop

Revolution Bicycles
2811 F St., Eureka; 443-9861
1593 G St., Arcata; 822-2562

Second Place: Adventure's Edge

Third Place: Sport & Cycle


402 2nd St., Eureka; 445-1344
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Second Place: Northtown Books

Third Place: Eureka Books Historic Bookstore

Children's Clothing Store

Lots 4 Tots Plus The Clothing Closet
3008 Broadway, Eureka; 445-3477

Second Place: Otto and Olive

Third Place: JuJuBee's

Craft Store

Art Center
823 H St., Arcata; 822-4800
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Second Place: SCRAP Humboldt

Third Place: Scrapper's Edge

Feed Store

A and L Feed and Pet Supply
2308 Central Ave., McKinleyville; 839-3265

Second Place: Nilsen Company

Third Place: Three G's Hay & Grain

Furniture Store

Living Styles
37 W 2nd St., Eureka; 443-3161

Second Place: Plaza: Be Inspired

Third Place: Furniture Design Center

Gift Shop

Many Hands Gallery
438 2nd St., Eureka; 445-0455

Second Place: Plaza: Be Inspired

Third Place: S.T.I.L.

Head Shop

2940 Broadway, # E, Eureka; 269-0210

Second Place: Humboldt Glassblowers

Third Place: Stuff 'n' Things

Hobby Shop

Humboldt Beer Works
110 3rd St., Eureka; 442-6258

Second Place: Yarn

Third Place: RMI Outdoors

Jewelry Store

Holly Yashi
1300 9th St., Arcata; 822-5132

Second Place: Primal Decor

Third Place: Plaza: Be Inspired

Liquor Store

Myrtlewood Liquors & John's Cigars
1648 Myrtle Ave., Eureka; 444-8869

Second Place: Beverage Plus

Third Place: Arcata Liquors

Mattress Store

Moore's Sleep World
35th St., Eureka; 444-2337

Second Place: Furniture Design Center

Third Place: Delta Mattress & Sofa Outlet Store

Men's Clothing Store

Picky Picky Picky Stores
600 E St., Eureka; 444-9201

Second Place: Blue Ox Boutique

Third Place: Humboldt Republic Clothing & Print Co.

Music Store

Mantova's Two St. Music
124 2nd St., Eureka; 445-3155

Second Place: Wildwood Music Co

Third Place: People's Records

New Car Lot

Mid City Motor World
4800 N US HWY 101, Eureka; 443-4871

Second Place: McCrea Subaru

Third Place: Harper Motors

Nursery/Garden Supply Store

Miller Farms Nursery
1828 Central Ave., McKinleyville; 839-1571

Second Place: Pierson Garden Shop

Third Place: Mad River Gardens

Outdoor Gear Store

Adventure's Edge Eureka
125 W 5th St., Eureka; 445-1711

Second Place: Pacific Outfitters

Third Place: RMI Outdoors

Pawn Shop

Humboldt Pawn
1435 5th St., Eureka; 442-7777

Second Place: Bob's Humboldt Pawndemonium

Pet Store

2931 F St., Eureka; 443-4914

Second Place: Arcata Pet Supply

Third Place: Humboldt Pet Supply

Screen Printer

Humboldt Republic
535 4th St., Eureka; 497-6270

Second Place: Bug Press

Third Place: Lotus Mountain

Shoe Store

Abraxas Shoes and Leather
615 5th St., Eureka; 798-6194
430 Main St, Ferndale; 786-4277
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Second Place: Plaza Shoe Shop

Third Place: Annie's Shoes

Skate Shop

click to enlarge The crew at AMPT Skate Shop, winner of Best Skate Shop. - SUBMITTED
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AMPT Skate Shop
1040 H St., Arcata; 822-9500

Second Place: Humboldt Skate Lab

Third Place: S.T.I.L.

Soil Company

Foxfarm Soil & Fertilizer Co
1900 Bendixsen St. #9524, Samoa; 443-4369

Second Place: Royal Gold LLC

Third Place: Soilscape Solutions

Solar Company

Westhaven Solar & Electric
76 S G St., Arcata; 376-9025

Second Place: Scurfield Solar & Heating

Third Place: Six Rivers Solar Energy Center

Sporting Goods Store

Adventure's Edge Eureka
125 W 5th St., Eureka; 445-1711

Second Place: Pacific Outfitters of Eureka

Third Place: RMI Outdoors

Thrift Shop

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
2942 F St., Eureka; 443-2155

Second Place: Miranda's Rescue Thrift Store

Third Place: Redwood Thrift

Used Car Lot

Roy's Auto Center
10 W 5th St., Eureka; 443-7697

Second Place: Bob's Fine Cars

Third Place: Mickey's Quality Cars

Vape Shop

2940 Broadway, # E, Eureka; 269-0210

Second Place: BigFish Vapor Lab

Third Place: Humboldt County's Smoking Caterpillar

Vintage Clothing Store

430 3rd St., Eureka; 476-0991
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Second Place: Bang Bang Vintage

Second Place: Vintage Avenger

Women's Clothing Store

Belle Starr
405 2nd St., Eureka; 441-1296

Second Place: Blue Ox Boutique

Third Place: Hot Knots


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