Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Northwest outdoor motif in the new Cabela's store meets shoppers at the front doors. Hanging above the entrance are two life-size sculptures of orcas chasing a school of chinook salmon. That opens up to an wall-to-wall mural of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, created by artist Chris Lacey of Reno, Nev. On one side of the store is a mini-mountain of wildlife, including a polar bear, pheasants, black bears, grouse, elk, deer and turkeys. More than 220 mounts from 25 different taxidermy studios are around the store. Two 7,000-gallon aquariums will be home to fish related to the region. "We did a lot of research on the Tulalip store to bring in the local flavor, and making sure it would compliment the Northwest," said Mark Dowse, the Cabela's chain taxidermy manager. "The killer whales are a spectacular piece, as is the tribal Indian art pieces (on display in 10 areas of the store)."
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