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Champaign Surplus Store Inc
303 South Neil St.
Champaign Surplus is a family-run business dedicated to personal service. We've established this site to share information and our expertise. While you're here, learn about our store and our merchandise. Check our gear lists and our suggestions on what to...
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Champaign Surplus Nordic Walking Workshops
Lynn Wachtel, Certified Nordic Walking Instructor, can meet with you one-on-one to inform you about the benefits and techniques of Nordic Walking, as well as help fit you for the proper poles.
Available by appointment.
Please email Lynn or call the store to set up your session.
Champaign Surplus News
Join us for our Nordic Walking Workshop, conducted by Lynn Wachtel, Champaign Surplus owner and certified nordic walking instructor.
Nordic Walking Workshop, conducted by Lynn Wachtel, Champaign Surplus owner and certified nordic walking instructor.
Lynn Wachtel of Champaign Surplus and her fellow climbers are on their way to Kilimanjaro.
Nordic Walking and Champaign Surplus Owner Lynn Wachtel
Champaign Surplus Owner Lynn Wachtel's Upcoming Summer Kilimanjaro Summit for Relay for Life Featured in The News Gazette
Read the article, 2 Women Will Trek Up Kilimanjaro for Relay for Life.
Carle - Classes and Events: Support Groups
Led by Lynn Wachtel of Champaign Surplus, our program will offer an 8-week course, beginning March 26, 2012.
Grassroots Outdoor Alliance … Independent Outdoor Retail Shops… » 2007 » March
Ira and Lynn Wachtel (son-in-law and daughter) own and operate the store, maintaining the friendly, family-style service and value oriented atmosphere that began in 1947.
"We changed our focus during the late 1970s and early 1980s and became more of a rugged outdoors and backpacking store," said Ira Wachtel, co-owner with his wife Lynn of the business at 303 South Neil in Champaign, Illinois.
stores have gone into camping, but few have done so as broadly and into the high-end side of it as we have," Wachtel
Champaign Surplus was founded by Lynn Wachtel's parents, Leo and Anne Weisel, who sold standard army/navy surplus with a smattering of work clothing.
It really became a wonderful business," Wachtel
An extra advantage that the store enjoyed, and still does, is its proximity to the 40,000-student Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois
It was on campus that Ira and Lynn
met in 1969 when both were students.
After graduation and some years of graduate school, Ira and Lynn
returned to Champaign in 1975, and Ira began working for his in-laws full-time.
Champaign Surplus Nordic Walking
Champaign Surplus has been committed to Nordic Walking since 1995, when owner Lynn Wachtel became a certified Nordic Walking instructor, started teaching NW clinics and brought Leki Nordic Walking Pole merchandise into our product mix.