Allow me to introduce myself. I am Nico Gallegos, the Owner and CFO (Chief Fletching Officer). I am at the shop 100% of the time and look forward to meeting you. I will personally teach you how to shoot if you take a Saturday Morning Explore Archery Beginner Lesson, and I will personally build your arrows by hand myself (among other services) if you order a set.
Ohlone Archery is a predominantly Single String (Recurve, Longbow, Barebow) Community. The business includes a spacious, heated and air conditioned indoor range, single string archery pro shop, and single string archery retail store. I started the business doing “pop up” lessons in 2011, and opened my first shop in 2014. The community evolved from there.
I am certified by USA Archery as a Level 3 NTS Coach. “NTS” is the National Training System used to train the United States Olympic Archery Team. I am passionate about and LIVE for archery – if I’m not at the shop you might run into me at the Redwood Bowmen range in the Oakland Hills some weekday morning!
Ohlone Archery is named as a tribute to the indigenous people of the Central California Coast who roamed this area with the bow and arrow for thousands of years before us. If you want to know more, I highly recommend the book The Ohlone Way by Malcolm Margolin. I do not claim to represent the Ohlone People or their culture, I am simply proud to create a place name in their honor. The website landing page photo was taken in Alameda at Lincoln Park next to a monument dedicated to one of the largest Ohlone burial mounds in the East Bay, the place where I learned of the Ohlone as a child.