New Climbing Gym Opening in Spearfish

By Jim Holland, Rapid City Journal

SPEARFISH | Building on the reputation of the Black Hills area as a rock climber’s paradise, Spearfish will host the inaugural Black Hills Climbing Festival in July, and will soo

n be home to an indoor climbing gym.

The Climbing Festival is set for July 13-14 and the new climbing gym is scheduled to open May 1 at 1930 North Ave. Both the festival and the gym are being brought to Spearfish by High Mountain Outfitters, which caters to rock climbers, as well as hikers, campers, paddlers and all outdoor enthusiasts.

Spearfish is a natural base camp for rock climbing enthusiasts with four major climbing destinations in and around the Black Hills, including Spearfish Canyon, The Needles in Custer State Park, spires behind Mount Rushmore National Memorial, known as the Needles of Rushmore, and Wyoming’s Devil’s Tower.

High Mountain Outfitters is opening a new store in Custer later this month, joining existing locations in Spearfish and Hot Springs.

Owner Justin Stephens said the new climbing gym will be the first full-service indoor climbing facility in western South Dakota.

 

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Recruiting Outdoor Product Manufacturing Companies

Recognizing the attraction of Spearfish’s strong economic advantages -as well our outdoor recreation/active lifestyle appeal- SEDC is making a strategic effort to recruit ad

SEDC has placed a half-page advertisement in the Spring issue of The Drake magazine.

ditional outdoor product manufacturing companies to our community. As part of these efforts, we have placed a half-page advertisement in the Spring issue of The Drake magazine. Founded in 1998, The Drake has become one of the premier fly fishing magazines and is sold in nearly 2,000 stores nationwide including 331 fly shops, 560 Barnes & Noble stores and hundreds of independent retailers. In addition to print, the publication is also available digitally. We will be placing similar advertisements in other outdoor lifestyle magazines in the future.

In addition to strategic ad placements, SEDC will also be attending the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Show in Denver this July. This is the premier outdoor sports show in the nation with over 600 exhibitors from a variety of industries including backpacking, camping, hiking, climbing, skiing, mountain biking and fly fishing. The show will provide SEDC a unique opportunity to network directly with key decision makers and influencers from the outdoor product manufacturing market. This is extremely timely as Livability.com recently listed Spearfish as one of “The Best Home Base Cities for Adventure Enthusiasts.”

The SEDC Board and staff highly value the feed   back and ideas we receive from the SEDC membership. Please let us know if you have any personal or professional contacts in the outdoor products industry that you believe we should contact, or suggestions on this overall marketing initiative.

 

3 Ways to Celebrate National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day

As we approach National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day on March 29th, we’re reminded of the value that family-owned small businesses bring to their communities. Our economy couldn’t run without small mom and pop businesses. They create economic growth and provide almost 70% of all new jobs in the country.  That’s why every year on March 29 we acknowledge the more than 27 million small businesses in this country by celebrating National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day! The holiday was established by Rick and Margie Segel in honor of their parents and the successful hat shop they opened in 1939 and grew into a 10,000 square foot, $2 million dollar clothing shop. It is a special day to appreciate the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to run a small business. So on March 29th, head to your favorite small business to say thank you!

Why We Love National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

Spearfish downtown

  1. They make shopping personal
    Finding that particular shop where they know you and understand what you need can make any day just a little brighter. Mom and pop businesses take a special interest in making sure their customers have a unique and enjoyable experience. They care about their customers in a way few large retail chains can by providing superior and personal customer service.
  2. They support the community
    Small businesses have a real impact on their community by providing neighborhood jobs and recycling the money they earn back into the local economy. So, by spending your dollars at a mom and pop establishment, you can make a real difference.
  3. They provide a unique experience
    Mom and Pop shops bring fresh ideas to the marketplace. In today’s economy, when you can find the same products in every Big Box in every city, it’s refreshing to find something new which everyone else hasn’t discovered yet.

How to Celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

  1. Shop local
    Support the small business in your community by searching them out and frequenting them often. Hear about an interesting local spot? Go on an adventure to check it out, then tell all your friends!
  2. Use social media
    Most small businesses are happy to get a little extra attention. Make sure to follow your favorites on all their social media platforms and promote them whenever possible.
  3. Write a “thank you” note
    Running a small business is really hard work. If there’s a special Mom and Pop shop you care about, take a moment to write a note to let the owners and employees know how much you appreciate all the effort and care they put into making your experience wonderful.

Spearfish Economic Development Corporation is proud of the many family-owned businesses that call Spearfish home!