B45 Baseball Store Open for Business

B45 Baseball Store Open for Business

On the evening on Thursday 17th April 2014, I was invited to the official opening of the new B45 Baseball Store. Located in Halles Fleur de Lys on rue Soumande, Quebec City, the store contains absolutely everything someone starting out, a junior player, amateur, or professional player could ever hope to need. There’s also a healthy stock of fan gear backed up with impressive lines of B45 branded clothing. Gloves, bats, caps, t-shirts, mitts, the lot. It’s all there.

And if you’re a fan of Les Capitales de Québec, they have a portion of the store set aside for their merchandise too.

And, to top it all, there’s a batting cage right there in the store so you can try out a range of B45 bats before you find the one that suits you best.

I spoke to Michel Laplante, B45 President, Les Capitales de Québec President, and ex-professional player with a 15-year career behind him. He’s one of the driving forces behind B45 and part of a much bigger team of co-owners, staff, and reps.

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Life in Québec (LiQ):
‘So how did this all come about and why open a store?’

Michel Laplante (ML): ‘We’ve been making and distributing bats since 2003. We added a clothing and equipment range over time and so this seemed like the next logical step.’

LiQ: ‘So what makes your bats different from others out there?’

ML: ‘They’re made from Québec Yellow Birch. We were approached some years ago by a forestry engineer. He asked us to try making baseball bats using birch. It had never been done before. So we made a batch of 100 or so, and found that they didn’t break so often. They’re durable, in our opinion are better than ash or maple, and are not as expensive.’

LiQ: ‘So 11 years on you’re opening your first baseball store.’

ML: ‘We’ve mainly been acting as distributors for our range of products, our lines are in many stores throughout the United States and across Canada. In fact 75% of our business is currently in the States. We felt with the new season approaching it was the right time to launch something here closer to home.’

LiQ: ‘All the best with the store opening and good luck with B45.’

ML: ‘Thank you and enjoy your evening.’

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La Boutique B45
Halles Fleur de Lys
245 rue Soumande
Québec (Québec)  G1M 3H6

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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