Uncle Dan’s (Chicago, IL)
Like many family-owned outfitters, Uncle Dan’s name has meaning behind it. According to the history of the store, 13-year-old Brent Weiss and his 15-year-old brother Mark worked for their uncle, Dan Weinberg, at his Chicago dry goods store, Boyce Surplus. In 1971, their uncle passed away and the then 16-year-old Brent and his 18-year-old brother decided that they should open their own store. The next year, the boys used their savings accounts to purchase and open Uncle Dan’s Army-Navy store, in memory of their uncle. Now Uncle Dan’s has grown to three stores in the Chicago-metro area, and specialize in equipment for camping, backpacking, hiking, and travel, so you can find everything from heart-rate monitors to anti-theft travel bags.
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