A small lounge area with a fireplace lends a hospitable air to Charleston's new Cabela's store. The 80,000-square-foot facility, scheduled to open Aug. 9, will cater to hunters, anglers, campers, ATV riders and other outdoors enthusiasts.
The store contains 243 pieces of taxidermy, many of which -- such as a mountain lion pouncing from a tree -- provide dramatic vignettes of wildlife in action.
An artificial mountain at the rear of the store includes mounts of all of North America's big-game species, as well as several small-game species. A waterfall splashes off the mountain into a 4,500-gallon aquarium that contains several fish species found in West Virginia.
Store manager Matt Leary, a Clarksburg native, gained experience with Cabela's corporate structure by working in the company's Wheeling megastore.