We where they turn when they want to buy sporting goods, and they responded, overwhelmingly choosing as their favorite sports shop in town.
REI recieved 46 percent of . Runnerup received 20 percent of votes.
Other businesses included in the poll were , , and .
"REI is a great place to shop!" said Patch reader in a comment on the poll.
"We're really excited and honored to have been voted by our customers as the best place to buy sporting goods," said REI Outreach Specialist Lynn DeGroot.
REI specializes in gear and clothing for camping, cycling, climbing, paddling, hiking and other outdoor activities. It also offers outdoor rental equipment.
"We try to not only inspire people to be active and get outdoors, but also to be good stewards for the environment," DeGroot said.
Next week's Readers' Choice poll will be Best Florist. The contest will go live 6 a.m. Monday.