Belmont's Favorite Sporting Goods Store is ...

Here's a hint: It's in Belmont Center and it's the official cut-through to Leonard Street.

It's narrow with sporting goods crammed into every corner. Downstairs is where the hockey, baseball and lacrosse equipment are located, shoes are upstairs with the soccer, swimming and clothes, caps and baseballs. They will sharpen your skates and is the "official" cut through from Claflin to Belmont Center on Leonard Street.

It is the essence of helpful customer service, the place to find your "Belmont" embossed sweatshirt and a place to bump into residents. 

If you didn't think that in the Center wouldn't be voted by readers as the Best of Patch Readers' Choice Sporting Goods Store, then head over to the store and say hello and talk to owner Gerry Dickhaut whose been running his store for nearly a quarter of a century. 

You'll see a wide array of customers – parents with children, coaches, teens, recreational duffer and the committed middle-age athlete – coming in to get advice and picking up the latest in equipment and sporting goods.

Coming in second is , the regional leader in all things with two wheels including sales and repairs. Arlington's Holovak & Coughlin Sporting came in third with Marathon Sports (for the serious runner) and Arlington's Sports Etc – the place to go for its hockey summer sale – rounding out the top five. 

Check back Monday for next week's poll, and you'll get to vote on your favorite desert around Belmont.

We're doing a poll on the Best Desert next week. Want to nominate a place that should be included in our poll? Send your nomination to Liz Taurasi at lizt@patch.com. This will allow us to be sure we don't leave anyone out.


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