When it comes to sporting goods stores, West Orange voters love Kicks N Sticks in Vauxhall.
The store won handily in our poll this week. Other local stores that garnered votes were were High Gear Cyclery (Millburn), Sneaker Factory (Millburn) and Bills Army Navy (Short Hills).
Kicks N Sticks, which specializes in soccer and lacrosse gear (hence the name), has been around since 1987. It's owned by Larry Martelli and Don Santora.
Manager Rich Doherty has worked at the store for more than ten years. In fact, he used to get his sports equipment there when he was young. "I think what makes us successful is our credibility with the customer," said Doherty. "We make people feel comfortable and have a good time."
The store draws customers from all over Essex County. "We have customers that have been coming here since they were kids and now they're going to college," Doherty said.
Kicks N Sticks is located at 2933 Vauxhall Rd. (The Millburn Mall); (908) 688-6463. They are open Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. on Thursday); Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Stay tuned for next week's poll on a Jersey staple -- bagels.