Meet Dave Harris
Dave Harris’ passions include the environment, customer service and, of course, skiing, and you’ll see evidence of all three when you pop in and visit Dawn 2 Dusk. It’s the first and only gear store in Canada that is 100 percent solar powered. Doing his part to preserve the environment makes sense to Dave, who is an avid outdoors-lover and whose business success is dependent, in part, upon a healthy outdoor environment. Part of that commitment to the environment means carefully selecting brands and products that are also environmentally-conscious. “I do not carry many big name companies,” says Dave, “but rather smaller ones that have the environment in their forethoughts.”
Dave enjoys a number of different outdoor sports himself, including kite surfing, biking and back-country touring. But most of all, Dave is a winter sports fan who is likely to be found skiing or boarding at Hudson Bay Mountain when he manages to get away from work. In fact, he’s a fan of winter in general, noting that it’s the best time of year for tourists to visit Smithers. “Travelling down Smither’s Main Street in winter is straight out of a storybook!”
While many of Dawn 2 Dusk’s customers are tourists and visitors, David strives to cater mainly to locals. Typically sports stores in tourism towns focus just on the tourist, with high priced big name fashionable pieces. Dave says of his store, “We focus on the locals, giving them great gear, awesome advice and the best bang for their buck.”
Awesome. Fun. Helpful.
The environment is foremost at Dawn 2 Dusk, Canada’s first-ever completely solar-powered gear store. Dawn 2 Dusk is the place to go in Smithers for all of your outdoor sporting gear, including gear for the most extreme of BC sports like kiteboarding, longboarding, climbing, snow kiting, snowboarding, and for camping in any and all seasons. Dawn 2 Dusk has been an integral part of the community, throwing numerous events throughout the years including their annual Backcountry Film Fest Fundraiser which typically raises around $10,000 for the local charity of choice each year. All of these things make them a go-to gear store for local ski and board enthusiasts since 2011. Dawn 2 Dusk, in partnership with Hudson Bay Mountain, even offers a shuttle bus service to the resort during the ski season.
Dawn 2 Dusk is a member of the Smithers Chamber of Commerce, the Smithers Downtown Merchants Association and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Dawn 2 Dusk was also designated Best Sports Store and Northern BC’s Best Clothing Store by Living Magazine.
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