Waking up in your tent with the sun as your only alarm clock, brewing a hot fragrant cup of coffee, and dedicating the next hour or so to crafting and devouring the perfect pre-adventure breakfast because well, you can. At one point or another we’ve all been here, and I’m confident that you’ll agree with the notion that there are few things that beat these peaceful and unrivaled moments.
Back in early 2005, when brothers Peter and Steve Messana purchased Austin Canoe & Kayak, the company totaled one small shop in North Austin. After the purchase was completed, one store employee stayed on to help Peter and Steve, and they were also helped by a part-time worker when school was out in the summer.
Austin Canoe & Kayak prepares to celebrate ten years under current owners and brothers Steve and Peter Messana. Since purchasing the company in 2005, the company has expanded to include five retail shops and an online presence with their website ack.
What do you see when you find a small, locally owned kayak shop in Austin, Texas? Steve and Peter Messana, owners of Austin Canoe & Kayak (ACK), saw potential. They took a tiny specialty paddling shop and developed it into the booming business it is today. Starting with the flagship store in Austin, TX and then growing across Central Texas, ACK has developed into one of Texas’s largest kayak fishing and outdoor retailer while maintaining its mom-and-pop shop feel in each of its brick and mortar locations.