PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) – Interest in outdoor activities is awakening in Portsmouth, Ohio. Heith Gray opens a store that will soon be part of the outdoor renaissance. He has always loved the outdoors, but he says the city has always been missing something.
“Working on things, getting things I needed, I couldn’t. I had to go far for that, ”said Gray.
So he’s opening the River City Adventure Company in the heart of Portsmouth’s Boneyfiddle District.
“We will have bicycles, repairs and rentals, kayak sales and rentals, running gear, shoes and clothing,” said Gray.
His shop has everything a nature lover needs to enjoy the city’s new attractions. A pump track has just been completed and a skatepark is under construction – both are sparking interest in outdoor sports.
“It’s not just about coming here and selling things. We want to open people’s eyes to all the possibilities here and what they can do, ”said Gray.
Robert Black is as excited as anyone. He is active in conducting community activities in the Boneyfiddle District and has watched the city develop over the years. He says his new neighbors will be a great addition to the outdoor sports community.
“It’s the connection. This is the connection to our new Portsmouth industry, which includes recreation, nature, exercise and fitness, ”said Black.
Gray is still a few months away from opening his store, but he already has a few items for sale. He wants to build up his inventory in the winter months and plan a grand opening in the spring.
“We want to give them the opportunities and materials they need to be outside, be healthy, and have adventures,” said Gray.
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