REI on LBJ Freeway sells an array of camping and outdoor-sports goods as well as large items such as bikes and kayaks. Brands run from higher-end names like The North Face and Patagonia to cheaper options like REI’s store brand. Staff members are attentive and take their job seriously – a refreshing departure from many larger chains. Check out the Web site for upcoming in-store tutorials on backpacking, GPS devices, triathlon training, bike maintenance and other activities. Plus, pay $20 for a lifetime membership, and you not only get to tell your friends you belong to a co-op, you also are eligible to receive a yearly dividend.