Your prayers have been answered.
Both Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops have committed to building stores in Bristol.
To those of you out there who know nothing of these two powerhouse retailers, think of them as being the Tiffany's of guns, fishing tackle, camping/hiking gear, etc. Everything a sportsperson could want can be found at one, the other, or both.
If you love the great outdoors, Bristol is soon to be your place to shop.
* A side note to Senator Mark Warner, who is all giddy about sending more taxpayer welfare down here to promote tourism, a ploy that, if it had ever been successful in helping Southwest Virginia's economy, would have made us all rich beyond our wildest imaginations by now: You want "tourists" to flock to this area? Watch what Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops are able to do in that regard. They'll draw in more tourists in a day than all your hiking trails and bike paths and nature centers and horse trails will in a decade. And it won't cost struggling taxpayers in Memphis, Milwaukee, or Muddy, Montana a dime.
Here's to private enterprise.