Plan your adventure at AMI Outfitters
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Steve Traves will supply you with clothing and gear for
nearly any outdoor activity and can help you plan an travel adventure.
Americans love to be challenged, and with the baby boomers showing no signs of quietly retiring to a rocking chair, they’re looking for adventure in travel and everyday living. Gearing up for an adventure can be just as much of an adventure as the adventure, unless you know the right people.
Five months ago Steve Traves reinvented himself yet again when he opened AMI Outfitters on Pine Avenue in the city of Anna Maria. Traves first had a 30-year career in photography, specializing in science, medical and corporate photography. He then went on to developing educational softwear for children with a focus on the outdoors including Florida’s Everglades. But he always thought about one of his earlier jobs when he worked for an outdoor store and knew that’s what he should be doing.
Although a 27-year resident of Florida, Steve Traves came from southern California, where he was active in rock climbing, cross country skiing, hiking and just about any other outdoor activity you can imagine. He has taken his knowledge and love of the outdoors and created AMI Outfitters, the only men’s store in the city of Anna Maria and the first outfitter store ever on the Island. AMI Outfitters is also the only outfitter store between Tampa and Sarasota.
AMI Outfitters specializes in apparel and gear required for almost any outdoor activity. It carries a very large inventory of UPF 50 shirts, hats, pants, headwear and gloves for both men and women. One of its special items is bamboo clothing, which is a blend of bamboo and cotton, also UPF 50 rated. Bamboo is lightweight, odor resistant and is great for outdoor sports activities as well as exercising. It carries Patagonia and Exofficio exclusively, Olukai flip flops and shoes and Costa polarized sunglasses.
But AMI Outfitters is about much more than apparel. Traves can get you setup with kayaks and canoes including paddles, PFDs and accessories. He carries Jackson, Elie and Current Designs kayaks and We-No-Nah Canoes. He’ll even take you to the water for a test drive and make sure what you ordered is the proper watercraft for you.
The shop also has a collection of recycled tote bags, backpacks and beach blankets that fold up into small bags for travel. An array of fishing rods, reels and flies that are designed and tied locally specifically for our fishing grounds are on display in beautiful antique display cases, some 100 years old. You can also grab a hammock, dog products and Nordic walking poles in addition to a smattering of books about the outdoors, one about fishing specifically written for women.
Traves can put you in the right direction through his network of contacts in the business if you need assistance in planning adventure travel like a safari or Alaska fishing expeditions. He also has knowledge of the Appalachian Trail and can help you prepare for it. Ultimately his goal is to outfit people properly for the outdoors.
Traves is the president of Kayak Anglers of West Florida and works closely with a veterans group to help get them on the water. AMI Outfitters supports the green industry and is happy to be located in a Sears Cottage built in 1935 located within Anna Maria’s Green Village.
Stop by AMI Outfitters and meet Traves, a renaissance man who wants to help outfit you so you can do the adventure you want to. There’s no rocking chair in his future, and I can guarantee you won’t find one at AMI Outfitters either.
COASTAL GEAR & APPAREL
505 Pine Avenue
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted