After some soul searching, Clintonville Outfitters owner Jonathan Barth has decided to close his brick-and-mortar storefront.
The outdoor store opened in 2007. Since then, it has become a go-to destination for Clintonvillians who are seeking a life of adventure. Barth shared a heartfelt post on the companies website, explaining his decision to close the doors.
“The start of this decision happened last year when I had the opportunity to visit Nepal for nearly 3 weeks. I’ve been very fortunate to have traveled many places and done some amazing things, but never have I gone that far, been away that long, and never to a place as naturally dynamic or spiritually rewarding,” wrote Barth.
“The sense of love for all people, the importance of family and history, and the devotion to community really made me start to think long term about what I want out of my next 40 years.”
Barth came home with a new goal: to be more present in his life, spending more time with his wife and two young children.
“The retail store front will be shutting down as we run out of product, but the online store will continue at least through 2018, my hope is indefinitely,” explained Barth.
Outstanding gift cards can still be redeemed in the shop or online. The shop will open up on Saturday, January 6 with regular hours to sell off the remaining inventory, which Barth joked his wife had made clear he could not keep.
The hope is that Clintonville Outfitters will become more experience-driven. The owner assured customers that social media and newsletter updates will still be available, and they will be organizing hikes and various outings as well.
“The store has been a great adventure for me, thank you all for being a part of it and I can’t wait to see where our next adventure takes us,” wrote Barth. To read his full letter, please visit the Clintonville Outfitters website.