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About Us

 

The Kite Shoppe has been located in Vancouver, Washington, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, since September 2002.  We stock a large selection of beginner, intermediate, competition level and specialty stunt/sport kites and accessories from all over the world.   We also provide world class line sets and a wide range of framing parts to support kite building and repair.  Kite fliers and enthusiasts from as far away as Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Singapore, France, Spain, Taiwan, South America, South Africa and the United Kingdom have consistently been satisfied with our products and services.

How may we help you?  Would you like to request a custom Laser Pro Gold line set?  Would you like to special order a kite that appears out of stock?  Or do you have another question?

Thank you for placing an online order through The Kite Shoppe's Shopping Cart. Once you complete your order, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and an Order #.

Please note, if you paid by credit card please send the CCV2 (3 digit code) from the back of your credit card by email to info@thekiteshoppe.com to complete the transaction.
This follow up step verifies that it is you placing the order with your Credit Card. We process cards manually at The Kite Shoppe, and the CCV2 code is NOT stored online for your security.

Whatever your question or request may be please do not hesitate to call 1-360-977-0074 or email us at info@thekiteshoppe.com to let us know what we can do for you! 

Orders may be placed however you prefer: 1) through our online shopping cart  2) by email  or 3) over the phone.

The Kite Shoppe proudly supports the AKA, KTAI, the Northwest Sport Kite League, and
Co-sponsors top pilots including: John Barresi, TK Barresi, Amy and Connor Doran, Scott Weider and Team Rev Riders!.

Vancouver, Washington Business Journal June 11, 2009:

"Go fly a kite

Jun 11, 2009

Theresa Norelius was able to turn her love of kites into a successful business.
"I've always had kites as a hobby and I love to travel to the beach," she said. "It got overwhelming with the amount of kites I was collecting, so I made a wholesale purchase and became a retailer."
The Kite Shoppe opened a storefront in Vancouver's Uptown Village in 2003, moving to Evergreen Boulevard in 2004. Norelius operated there until November, when she decided the economy was "iffy" and stepped back to focus on her online business, festivals and events.
Norelius also spends many a summer weekend in Long Beach, Wash., with a kiosk vendor space at the WorldMark Resort.
The Kite Shoppe has built a strong international Internet customer base, Norelius said. The business focuses on harder-to-find high-end products rather than walk-in, off-the-shelf purchases. Most kites sell in the $200 range.
Norelius started The Kite Shoppe with about $10,000, and runs it on her own. She declined to share further financial information, and said sales are lower now than they would have been last year.
"I think people are more cautious right now about their recreational disposable income, but the core kiting community is really solid," Norelius said.
She is confident sales will pick up when the economy bounces back, especially because her customer base is focused on performing and competing.
To help get the word out about The Kite Shoppe, Norelius sponsors individual and team flyers both on the performance and competitive levels. She also has made an international name custom-making kite line sets.
"There really isn't any major manufacturer that makes a quality performance line set," Norelius said.
The cost for a custom dual line set is $35 to $50, and $60 to $80 for a quad set. About 10 percent of the shop's business is in repair.
The Kite Shoppe is the only kite retailer of its kind in this area.
"We go year-round, especially with the Internet business – it's summer somewhere," she said.
The Kite Shoppe can be contacted at 360-695-9646 or www.thekiteshoppe.com."

https://www.vbjusa.com/news/spotlight/retail/go-fly-a-kite/