MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT RECYCLERS
The downtown consignment store announced some changes at the beginning of the year, with a Denver-based nonprofit buying it and a local group committed to getting kids on bikes partnering in the operation. But business promises to be business as usual. And that means people getting cheap, quality adventure necessities while the community benefits. Mountain Equipment Recyclers rents and sells discounted used and new gear while sending a portion of proceeds to local nonprofits and outdoor advocates. If what you're looking for isn't in stock, staffers won't hesitate to tell you where else to go. Amid the changes, founder Mike Mazzola will remain full-time CEO, and he's the kind of guy you want to root for. Last year; he started Team MER, bringing together explorers who use the outdoors to confront challenges. He has been seen flipping burgers and handing out chips and cookies to customers on regular special clearance days.
— SETH BOSTER