After 50 years of business, Summit Hut continues to provide outstanding specialty outdoor products and services.
That day in 1969, when a small shop selling outdoor gear first opened its doors, it would have been difficult to predict that, 50 years later, that modest venture would grow to include two large and bustling locations with more than 40 employees and add a successful e-commerce business along the way.
This year is Summit Hut’s 50th anniversary as a Tucson retailer, and that’s something every outdoor enthusiast should be celebrating.
Started by Jeff Conn and David Baker, the store was owned by Baker alone until 2011, when he then sold it to his longtime employees, Dana and Jeremy Davis.
Dana and Jeremy moved to Tucson from Ohio in 1998, and Dana began working for Summit Hut as a sales associate. In a short time, Dana advanced to assistant manager, manager, buyer, and general manager. Since buying the store in 2011, Summit Hut’s Speedway location has expanded, a new website was launched and, in 2013, a second location opened in Oro Valley.
As an employer, the company has many full-time, long-term employees, several of whom have been with Summit Hut more than 15 years. The company’s culture fosters qualities of leadership in its employees, and every employee is encouraged to build a career at the company.
Everyone at Summit Hut has a passion for outdoor activities and the environment, and all have experience in some aspect of outdoor adventuring. Employees share their enthusiasm and their expertise with customers, individually and through clinics.
Summit Hut, as an enterprise, uses its position as Tucson’s largest locally owned seller of outdoor gear to help others in the community. It has raised money and resources for various local, non-profit organizations through in-store events, a Wooden Nickel program, and annual Banff Grants. On top of this, Dana and Jeremy often donate their personal time to local organizations and use their connections in the outdoor industry to provide additional resources where needed.
Past recipients of Summit Hut’s generosity have been Arizona Trail Association, C.A.S.A., Arizona Heritage Alliance, Sky Island Alliance, Reid Park Zoo, Northern Jaguar Reserve, Friends of Reddington Pass, and others.
Summit Hut also regularly supports efforts to maintain and renew the local environment and encourages its customers to participate. Recent events that Summit Hut has sponsored, supported, or promoted include a Buffelgrass Pull, Adopt-A-Roadway Cleanup, Arizona Trail Association, Mt. Lemmon Trail Work, Adopt-A-Crag, and Reddington Pass Cleanup, in addition to raising money and contributing to Friends of Ironwood Forest, Ironwood Tree Experience, Tucson Wildlife Center, Friends of Sabino Canyon, Earth Conservation Intern Program, Integrative Touch for Kids, Tucson Herpetological Society, Sky Island Alliance, Sonoran Desert Weedwackers, the Center for Biological Diversity, and others.
Since its beginning, Summit Hut’s policy has always been to only work with companies and vendors that have a proven history of ethical business practices. To celebrate its 50th anniversary—and to honor suppliers who have been a part of the company’s growth—Summit Hut will feature key heritage brands—each with a long history with Summit Hut—every month throughout 2019. These monthly events will spotlight heritage product, feature new product releases and offer fun, educational, and interactive presentations open to everyone in the community.
As Summit Hut looks forward to the next half century, it hopes the public will stop in either of its locations, participate in the many upcoming events, and help Summit Hut celebrate its 50 years as Tucson’s largest locally owned seller of outdoor gear.
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ABOUT SUMMIT HUT:
Summit Hut, a Tucson institution for 50 years, has flourished by staying relevant in the ever-changing retail industry. The company’s constant evolution and respect for the community have been the focal point of owners Dana and Jeremy Davis since they acquired the company from its original owner in 2011. With two locations and a thriving online business, Summit Hut curates the highest-quality products and provides superlative customer service by sharing expert advice on regional hiking, backpacking, and climbing. Additionally, Summit Hut has always given back to the community by contributing a portion of its resources toward fundraising for, and donating to, local outdoor organizations.