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Little Mountain Outdoor Gear opens in Nakusp
by Jan McMurray
from Valley Voice newspaper
October 21st 2009
Nakusp now has an outdoor gear store.
Little Mountain Outdoor Gear is located at 206 Broadway, in the former barbershop storefront.
Mike and Marie Wrede first had the idea of opening an outdoor gear store when they met in 2002. They moved to Nakusp a little over a year ago, and decided this was the right place for their store. Then things went a little faster than they had planned.
"When we started talking about opening the store in Nakusp, we were aiming for a spring 2010 opening," said Marie. "But a commercial retail space came up, and we had to decide whether to either wait until spring or jump on the space available. We decided to go for it, which meant that instead of having six months to prepare, we had six weeks."
Marie says they "dove right in" to get the store stocked. "We'll have a great selection of gear and accessories for this season, although not all colours and sizes were available so late in the game. We were right on time for spring ordering, so we'll have a full inventory for spring/summer."
Little Mountain Outdoor Gear will carry outdoor clothing and equipment - "everything you need to go and play outside," says Marie. There will be Goretex jackets, pants, merino wool and polypro underwear, fleeces, quick dry clothing, tents, packs, sleeping bags, and a full line of winter gear for kids. There will be hockey sticks, tape, and laces. Snowshoe rentals will also be offered this season.
Mike and Marie lived on the coast before moving to Nakusp. They ran a successful wholesale nursery together for six years. Mike was in horticulture for 22 years, and has managed several garden centres. Marie worked in television for 20 years.
When Mike and Marie decided to move to the Kootenays, they visited and found "a real charm about Nakusp. A stroll on the beautiful waterfront and the local beach convinced us that Nakusp was a definite possibility. After scouting the East and West Kootenays, there was always something drawing us back here, so Nakusp it was," said Marie.