Sporthaus bids adieu
Legendary ski shop Don Thomas Sporthaus, 690 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, closed in early 2022, and with it, a more than 70-year legacy came to an end. For decades, Don Thomas Sporthaus was the one-stop premier shop for all ski and snowboard needs. The store carried everything from skis and boards to boots, bindings, outerwear and more. Then, in the summer, they were fully equipped with kayaks, paddleboards, bathing suits, clothing and accessories. The store was no longer owned and operated by the legendary Don Thomas, who sold the store in 2005. Word is the pandemic, along with supply chain issues, hit the store particularly hard. Bob Thomas, Don’s son, is working to keep the legacy alive at Vertical Drop Ski Shop in Clarkston.
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