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Grizzly Outfitters expands rental, repairs

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The rental area will have seven full-time employees including Turner, and one part-timer. The tuning shop, which previously was in the basement of the building, is now behind a glass window in a room separate from the rental shop.

Grizzly Outfitters Ski and Backcountry Sports co-owners Andrew Schreiner (L) and Ken Lancey tag team the ribbon with giant scissors on Dec. 4 during the outdoor shop’s official ribbon-cutting ceremony. PHOTO BY

JOSEPH T. O’CONNOR

BIG SKY – Local outdoor store Grizzly Outfitters spent six weeks this fall renovating the 15,000-square-foot space in the RJS Tower Building next door to its main shop in Big Sky Town Center. Formerly home to the Charsam Gallery, the rental/repair space opened in late November and is effectively triple what it was last year, said Rental and Repair Manager Nick Turner. “It was just coming to a point where we couldn’t handle our capacity anymore,” said Turner, who’s been with Grizzly for four seasons. “We needed to grow and have more space.”

“Now people can actually view us tuning their equipment,” Turner said. “It’ll be fun for kids to watch sparks fly and see the process.”

He expressed pride in Grizzly’s topof-the-line Wintersteiger Sigma SBI tuning machine, which will grind ski and snowboard bases and sharpen edges. “We’re hoping this will boost our repair work, because when people see service they buy service.” He also noted the shop’s high-tech boot drier, which uses UV heating elements to sterilize, warm and dry boots, and also the rental software system, which Turner says helps employees have a more personal connection with repeat customers, saving information on what equipment they’ve skied on in the past. –E.W.

On Dec. 10, East Slope Outdoors celebrated the grand opening of its new space in Town Center, next to Lone Peak Cinema and Ousel and Spur Pizza Co. The owners and staff look forward to reaching more people with high quality gear, competitive prices and great customer service. “We all love sharing our passion for the outdoors, and we can’t wait to have a more accessible location for locals and visitors alike,” said owner Katie Alvin in a press release.

New clothing boutique opens in Town Center BY EMILY WOLFE

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BIG SKY – When Amy Langmaid and her sister Alison were young, they loved dressing up, putting on fashion shows, and dancing to Ricky Lee Jones. It’s perhaps natural that Langmaid, 30, would open a women’s clothing boutique. Formerly a Nordic ski instructor and manager of Lone Mountain Ranch’s retail shop, Langmaid has lived in Big Sky for seven years. When a spot in the new building, 32 Town Center Avenue, came open for rent in late September, Langmaid jumped at it. “The whole thing was a very quick, between me deciding to do it and it coming into shape,” she said. “It’s been a little whirlwind-ish but great.” Rhinestone Cowgirl will have “a Western feel with a little bit of an urban twist,” Langmaid said. On Dec. 3, she and her father Dwayne were installing steel shelving in the open 1,350-square-foot space. Local friends had already helped her paint the walls pink and the ceiling buttery yellow; install wood flooring and track lighting; and build wooden ladder shelves and sliding barn doors, which hang on tracks from an old barn in Vermont, Langmaid’s home state. Before the Dec. 10 ribbon cutting, she hung four chandeliers and brought in her clothing line, which includes cowboy boots from Ariat and Liberty Black, clothing from Blu Pepper and Tulle, KUT From The Kloth and Second Clothing Co. jeans, and Montanamade jewelry. “I’ve always really liked retail and am very into clothing,” said Langmaid, who has also worked at JP Woo-

lies in the Mountain Mall, spent three summers as a wildland firefighter and has an education degree from Elmira College. Set between Ousel and Spur Pizza Co. and East Slope Outdoors – which recently relocated from Highway 191 – Rhinestone Cowgirl is one of two businesses in the new 9,000-square-foot, two-story building that will also have four apartments upstairs. “We’ve got all kinds of activities in Town Center – restaurants, famers markets, ice skating, concerts – but I think it’s important for people to have something interesting to buy, something that reminds them of Montana,” said the building’s developer John Romney. The approximately $2 million project, which abuts the east side of Lone Peak Cinema, is being developed and built in coordination with Romney’s TNG Development and Rotherham Construction. It is phase 1 of a two-part project that will include a second building of the same size next door, slated for construction next summer. Big Sky resident Michelle Horning says having more local shopping is a plus for Big Sky as a whole.

Amy Langmaid and Mary Lou Schreiner putting the finishing touches on Rhinestone Cowgirl, a new clothing boutique in Big Sky. PHOTO BY EMILY WOLFE

“I think it’s great to have more retail options, especially clothing and accessories in the Big Sky area,” Horning said after visiting the shop on Dec. 9. “Town Center is really evolving and having more mainstream retail that

is focused on year-round apparel with a contemporary flair is a wonderful addition to our community.” Find Rhinestone Cowgirl online at Facebook/rhinestonecowgirls.

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