History

Mountainside Outdoor Supply Center is a family company that is now run by Elizabeth Metzger with two of her four children, Charlie and Melissa.
With the growth and expansion in recent years we have added longtime friend
and outdoor enthusiast Jamie Alexander as a partner.

We estimate our building to have been built in the late 1800′s-early 1900′s.
We purchased the building and property in 1994.
Our doors opened for business in July of 1996 under the name of Dave’s Archery and Sports Center. We specialized in equipment for both sport and hunting.

In the fall of 1997 we began holding gun and bow hunter safety courses.
The instructors were Elizabeth herself, along with Andrew White and Richard Barrow.

Then, in the spring of 1998 we got our Federal Firearms License (FFL) and began selling long guns.  Also in 1998, we opened our deer processing and smoking plant.  Though we specialize in deer, over the years we have done all sorts of wild game; turkeys and Canadian geese to caribou and bear, and everything in between.

In 2002 we started our farm, Sugar Ridge Farms, and began tapping our own maple trees to make pure New York State maple syrup.  At that time we also began carrying sugaring equipment in our retail store for the public. Later, we added honeybees to the farm and began making all natural honey.

In 2004 we finally finished the exhaustive process of filing for our state license to sell handguns.  We have been selling all brands of handguns ever since.

In January of 2005 we gave our first handgun safety course.  We continue to give these, with Richard Barrow and Melissa Metzger as the certified NRA instructors.

In 2012, we decided to re-brand completely, as “Dave” was no longer with the business. Because we are so much more than an archery shop, we feel our new name better reflects all we do and carry.  We are now Mountainside Outdoor Supply Center.  We are still focused on making every aspect of your outdoor experience more rewarding and enjoyable.  From the purchase and fitting of your bow and/or guns, right through the processing of your game. And we still offer select animal mounting options.  We have the knowledge, facilities, accessories, and passion for outdoor sports to continue to support you every step along the way.

To help with this, we re-purposed the taxidermy studio into the new guns and ammo room in January of 2014.  The animal mounts are now spread out throughout the shop.  At the same time, we put a fresh coat of paint on the walls and had new carpet installed in the main room. We also got brand new shelving units to spruce the place up. And that same summer we were able to pave part of the parking lot.

That expansion into the taxidermy studio proved to be most useful, though we found that we still did not have enough room for all the guns and ammo we wanted to stock.  So we expanded again.  We shortened our shooting lanes a bit by adding a room to be used for our maple syrup, honey, and all the sugaring supplies we carry.  That allowed us to move the gun holsters/cases from the gun room to the main room, giving us the needed space to expand the gun racks and add more ammo shelves.  We also expanded the new survival gear, among other things.

At the beginning of 2016, in our 20th year of business, we found our retail store to be thriving and were once again bursting our stock at the seams. So, to be able to stock all we find you, the customer, wants, we expanded once again. After our Archery Youth Leagues ended, we knocked down the wall we put up at the beginning of 2015 and built a new one further down, doubling the size of that room. Because of this retail expansion, we no longer offer leagues or the DEC safety courses. We still have a shooting lane for sighting in bows, and we will still have the classroom space to give the smaller NRA handgun courses. With the remodeling once again complete, we now offer a full line of reloading supplies. We also have a full line of outdoor Under Armour (ie- camo, warm under clothes, boots etc). And new stock is coming in daily, so come check out everything that’s changed over the past 20 years!