Backcountry going strong after 17 years

The Annie Bananie Ice Cream counter waited for customers as Hurricane Irene was heading for Connecticut. Photo by Asher Pavel

KENT — Since 1994, Backcountry Outfitters has been a presence in Kent in one form or another. Owners Anne McAndrew and David Fairty’s first business in Kent was located on the Green, near the IGA.

In 2001 they moved to the space now occupied by the Morrison Gallery. In 2006, they purchased a former bank building on Bridge Street, where they remain to this day.

Theirs is a story of two businesspeople who understand the need to continually adapt in order to keep pace with changing trends and business conditions.

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