READERS' PICK: No surprise here. People love to try new things, and most of them love to get bored after a few weeks. Play It Again Sports gives customers a great opportunity to do both, coming and going. Get good quality sports equipment at half (or so) the regular cost, try it out, and then sell it back. Good selection, friendly staff, good deals.
READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Big 5, 4646 N. Oracle Road; and 6230 E. Speedway Blvd. This long-time local favorite, especially of those who play softball and baseball, carries everything from gloves to punching bags to exercise equipment and clothes for every sport, all in a cavernous warehouse of sporting goods. A fun place.