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Fatty’s Skis and Boards on Route 44 in Canton celebrates 55 years with 'downhill' boom

The ski shop is seeing more customers who want to socially distance - and the recent snow doesn't hurt either.

CANTON, Conn. — The Sporthouse on Route 44 in Canton, also known as Fatty’s Skis and Boards is reveling in the winter weather.

Now celebrating their 55th year in business, Fatty’s co-owner Bruce Freedman says, so far this year, the business of downhill skiing has been on the rise – partially due to the COVID crisis.

“It’s the social distancing and the outdoors – the whole outdoor industry has gone crazy,” he said.

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Freedman, who co-owns Fatty’s/Sporthouse with Steve Unwin, also noted that more people want to support local businesses.

“I think a lot of people are starting to do the ‘Shop Local’ thing and it means a lot to them, so our customer base has grown over the past four or five years,” he said.

Unwin added: “Last year was big, this year is going even bigger, we’re running out of things early so it’s good.”

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Just a glance at the women’s ski shelves revealed that Fatty’s had only a select few pairs left to sell until they can restock.

Both Unwin and Freedman said the recent run of snow and cold temperatures has been a plus and more people want to head to the ski mountains.

“The snow doesn’t hurt, once they see it in their backyards they say let’s go – get up and go!” Freedman said.

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To learn more about Fatty’s Skis and Boards, visit their website.

Jimmy Altman is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at jaltman@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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