Saturday, November 7, 2015

A Fine, Bowl Of Fish

San Jose's cred with outdoorsy types went up a notch last week with the opening of a new Bass Pro Shop. What sets this location apart from the other Outdoor World Superstores we've been to is the underwater-themed Bar/Grill/Bowling Alley. Pretty cool.


Popeye Parm said...

Wow. That's pretty cool.

I've never heard of a bowling alley in one of these kinds of places. And it looks like everyone is using a Bass Pro-provided bowling ball. Then again, if I had the choice of using my plain old scarred black bowling ball or one of those scooby eyeball jobs, I wouldn't bother toting my own bowling ball there either.

Thanks (as always) for posting that virtual tour.

W. "Hook Line and Sinker"" Biscuit said...

I'm not a bowler, but I kind of want to roll a few here. As a "veteran" shopper at Bass and Cabela megastores, I was kind of amused to hear the reactions of "newbies" at the San Jose location. Perhaps I've become jaded, but there seems to be a lot of "sameness" to the stores I've visited recently. The really impressive locations I've been to--in South Dakota, Tennessee and Utah--with walk-thru aquariums, gun museums and dioramas with audio animitronic characters were definitely a notch or two up from the ones I've seen in my recent travels.

I saw a news article last week that Bass Pro Shops might be purchasing Cabelas. I wonder how that might affect the store layout and display philosophy in the future.

Elaine Linton said...

Those stores are so cool, you have to take me there on my next visit!

"Boring info" Parm said...

In the "it's a small world" category, one of our good friends was the manager for awhile for the Bass Pro Shop that opened in Gurnee, Illinois years ago. He opened it and ran it for awhile, highly enjoying the experience for its various novelties, until it all kind of wore off for him. He's now in the east working for ACE hardware.