When Garrett Gordy was fly-fishing in Montana in July and heard about a local who’d already visited his new Houston store, he wasn’t as surprised as you’d expect him to be. Though it only opened in May, Gordy & Sons Outfitters on Waugh Drive has quickly found a national following.
The store is the culmination of four years of planning on the part of Garrett, his brother Shaun, and his father Russell. The three, who all achieved success in the energy industry and are all avid sportsmen, felt there was a hole in the market for a luxury hunting and fishing store—and that Houston was the perfect place to fill it. “We felt like, if we’re going to do this, let’s make it the best in the country for hunting and fishing,” says Garrett. “My dad likes to say he gave me an unlimited budget and I doubled it.”
The resulting 11,000-square-foot retail space feels like a stately lodge, complete with a 12-foot-deep casting pond out front, stocked with imported peacock bass and other fish, where customers can try out lures and rods or sit and enjoy a cigar.
Inside, display cases exhibit one-of-a-kind, handmade knives, along with Berettas, Sauers and other top-of-the-line guns, while a 1930s-era central vault showcases a trove of rare and antique shotguns, with prices that stretch into six figures. Experts poached by the Gordys from across the country, including famed gunsmith Dustin Mount, man the shop.
“My dad really likes the old Winchesters from the ’60s, so we have a big collection of those,” says Garrett. “The rest are higher-end sporting guns, clay shooting guns … We just wanted to put together the best collection of guns we could.”