Couple opens sporting goods store in Marion

Pam and Vincent Magallanes are the owners of Family Sports, a new sporting goods store in Marion.

Computer-programming pioneer Alan Kay once said, ?The best way to predict the future is to invent it.?

Although Pam and Vincent Magallanes are not inventors per se, they have good reason to believe a day is coming when sports equipment of every imaginable type will be available for purchase in Marion.

The Magallaneses own Family Sports, a sporting goods consignment and retail shop that opened for business June 3?despite a significant snag.

?We?re not an authorized dealer yet, but we have applications in with Nike, Adidas, Reebok (and others),? Pam said. ?It?s very difficult to become an authorized dealer.

?Right now, we can order from somebody else and get these products here cheaper for our customers than it would be to drive out of town for it.?

Once their deals with manufacturers are finalized, the Magallaneses hope to maintain a supply of equipment for every kind of sport played across the county.

In the meantime, the couple have focused on selling fishing and camping supplies and growing the consignment aspect of the business.

?We really want to get the consignments going,? Vincent said.

?We?ll do anything as big as a boat, car, motorcycle or bicycle, down to a used pair of cleats.?

With the store situated on the lot at Cedar and Main, the high-traffic area would give consignments more visibility. Meanwhile, camping and fishing supplies have sold strongly.

?Fishing equipment has been really hot, and we?ve done well selling bait,? Pam said as she packed live worms, with soil, by hand into styrofoam cartons.

She also noted the market for bait in Marion County is competitive.

?Competition isn?t something we?re afraid of," she said. ?Com?petition is good for everyone, and competition is what helps a community grow.?

Originally from Beloit, Pam served in the U.S. Army for five years with the 3rd Armored Cavalry, and at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, attaining the rank of sergeant.

While in the service, she met Vincent, a 211⁄2-year veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division. An avid collector of sports memorabilia, he conceived the idea of starting a memorabilia store.

?Memorabilia is my husband?s passion, and it escalated from there,? she said.

A few pieces?including an Indianapolis Colts helmet autographed by Peyton Manning?are on display in the store.

At present, Family Sports has a selection of footwear from flipflops to cleats in stock, as well as hats, shirts and jerseys in addition to the memorabilia, fishing equipment and camping supplies.

?We?re hoping to get everything going in the next 30 days, but we said the same thing 30 days ago,? she said. ?But we?re not limited in what we can do, and we want to help the community find the sporting goods it needs.?

Family Sports is open six days a week: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

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