Shop Local Saturday: Fontana Paddle Company

Join us every Saturday as we feature a store in the Lake Geneva area!  Get the scoop behind the unique shops throughout Walworth County, and find out what makes them stand above the rest.

This week, we spoke to Michelle from Fontana Paddle Company.  Fontana Paddle Company, located right on Geneva Lake in beautiful Fontana, offers everything you need for fun on the water (sailing, rowing, stand up paddleboarding, and kayaking).  In addition to an expansive retail store, they offer classes/lessons and rentals – even a 10-pass membership where you get ten 2-hour rentals to use throughout the summer!  Scroll down to find out more about this local water sports organization

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Q:  How did Fontana Paddle Company start? 
A:  As a service to the community offering new opportunities for people and families to get access to the lake through kayaking and paddle boarding.

Q:  How did you choose “Fontana Paddle Company” as the name?
A:  It described our location and what we were offering.

Q:  How long have you been in business?
A:  Since 2010.

Q:  What type of items do you sell?
A:  Boats, Paddle boards, kayaks, gear, paddling apparel, accessories for water sports.

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Q:  What sets you apart from the competition?
A:  WE have over 100 boards in stock and you can try them out from our private pier.  We offer rowing classes and rentals (how fun!).  WE are a multi water sport destination.

Q:  Do you have any events/specials coming up?
A:  Yes – our Annual Ice Breaker event is May 9th and May 10th on Fontana Beach from 10:00 to 4:00. It is a free family and community event.

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Q:  What is the “must have” item from Fontana Paddle Company? 
A:  Carbon Paddle and Supreme Booties!

Q:  Do you ship, and can people order from your store online?
A:  Yes, and Yes – go to www.fontanapaddleco.com for the online store.

Q:  Do you offer gift wrapping?
A:  Yes!

Q:  Where can we find Fontana Paddle Company?
A:  Walking distance from The Abbey Resort in between the public beach and Chuck’s (454 Lake Street, Fontana).  Our hours currently are 10 am to 4 pm, Wed – Sun.  Season beginning May 15th, when we will be open 7 am to 7 pm on weekdays, and Rentals 7 am to 11 am on Weekends, with retail store open till 5pm.

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Thanks for reading…check back here every Saturday for a NEW “Shop Local Saturday” post, featuring businesses right here in the Lake Geneva area!

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