Hendrix Named Operations Manager

Saluda Outfitters is proud to announce the addition of a store operations manager. Andy Hendrix, who has served as general manager of Sunrift Adventures in Travelers Rest, S.C., since 2015, joined the staff February 12.

“We are super excited to have Andy come on board to lead our business team, which encompasses the Saluda Outfitters retail store, along with some additional surprises to be announced in the 2018 season,” said owner Ryan Griffin. “Andy has the professional knowledge and experience to be instrumental in taking Saluda Outfitters to the next level.”

Hendrix has an extensive history working in the outdoor adventure industry. An Atlanta native, Hendrix studied business management and marketing at Kennesaw State University while also establishing a career in the outdoor retail industry with Orvis. Hendrix gained additional experience through his work with the Cherokee Retreat Center in Georgia where he was director of hospitality and facilities, Appalachian Rivers Rafting Co., in North Carolina, where he acted as raft guide and trip leader offering whitewater and fly fishing experiences, and Mountain High Outfitters in Nashville, where he was store general manager.

After moving to South Carolina to be near his wife Jessie Burns Hendrix’s family and just prior to joining Sunrift, Hendrix worked inside sales for RavX, Inc., a bicycle parts supplier.

“Andy can offer Saluda Outfitters quality leadership in planning and implementing new areas of business, while expanding staff training and building on what we already feel is superior customer service at our store,” Griffin said. “Having just opened last  April 15, it has been a better than expected first year of business for Saluda Outfitters and we appreciate the support provided by the local and surrounding communities. We are excited to expand on our vision of making Saluda Outfitters ‘the’ local resource for outdoor enthusiasts.”

Hendrix, an Eagle Scout, said he is excited to become part of the Saluda Outfitters family and part of the small but growing and developing community of Saluda.

“I am excited to be part of that growth. I hope to help increase business at Saluda Outfitters while working with other businesses in the area to help make Saluda as a town to grow,” he said.

Describing himself as an “experiential learner,” Hendrix said “That’s what I love about the outdoors. There’s so much you can translate from paddling, biking or climbing or any other outdoor pursuit to the real world.”

As for what he sees he can bring to Saluda Outfitters, Hendrix said: “The biggest thing I can bring is an understanding of the different aspects of the changing retail space. I don’t think shops can be just a retail environment. They have to provide a broader selection of services than a regular retailer does. I hope to expand services to make Saluda Outfitters more than a retail shop and more of a hub in the community.”

Please mark your calendars for the “Have a HeArt for Big Brother Big Sister” annual fundraiser. The event kicked off Jan. 27 with a reception sponsored by Saluda Outfitters. The silent auction continues through Feb. 10 just in time for Valentine’s Day. All art is heart-themed pieces donated by area artists and displayed at the Upstairs Artspace in Tryon. For more details or to become a sponsor of this youth mentoring program, call 828-859-9230 or email polk@bbbswnc.org.

As we begin the new year, be sure to continue to shop local. Saluda Outfitters, located at 435 Main St., just one mile off I-26 at Exit 59 and Ozone Road, continues regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Here is wishing everyone a safe and happy 2018. Come shop with us, gear up and get outside for some great adventures this year.

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January in Saluda,NC

Congratulations to Don Bryant of Flat Rock, N.C., for winning the Bellyak prize package sponsored by Saluda Outfitters during WTZQ 95.3 Radio’s The Great Holiday Give-A-Way. We appreciate everyone who dropped by the store to register and hope that, although you didn’t win the big prize, you walked away with some great deals for your holiday shopping.

January is a quiet month in Saluda, but Saluda Outfitters will continue to offer some great shopping deals worth coming to town to check out. Be sure to stop by New Year’s Day as we begin our after Christmas sales that will continue throughout the month. There is always something special for those birthday and anniversary gifts and we make gift giving easy with our gift cards. In addition to some great outdoor clothing and adventure gear, we have a very fashionable ladies boutique and a selection of Giant bicycles.

As we begin the new year, be sure to stop local. The store, located at 435 Main St., just one mile off I-26 at Exit 59 and Ozone Road, will continue regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Here is wishing everyone a safe and happy 2018. Come shop with us, gear up and get outside for some great adventures this year.

December at Saluda Outfitters

Our first holiday season open in Saluda is an exciting time and we have lots of great holiday deals running through Dec. 24. We’re also offering our customers a unique chance to win an outdoor adventure package, valued at more than $1,500.

Be sure to pop by the store to check out details about The Great Holiday Giveaway, a promotion with WTZQ 93.5 FM/1600 AM, where customers can sign up to win one of three grand prizes valued at $1,500 or more each.

The Saluda Outfitters package includes one of Bellyak of Asheville’s finest prone kayaks. Called the Frequency, the boat is a wasabi green and will look super great surfing the Green River Narrows. Also included in this package is a fitted safety helmet and personal flotation device (PFD) so the winner will have the gear needed to hit the water in style. To complete the prize package and to ensure a safe experience, H2O Dreams, a company located here at 435 Main Street that provides certified whitewater instruction, has included a gift certificate for a two-person lesson.

Don’t wait to get registered. One winner for each of the three grand prizes will be drawn on December 15. Get your registration in by Dec. 14 to make sure you have a chance to win.

In additional to this promotion, the Outfitter has everything you need for your holiday shopping, including a “build your own” gift set for $79 (a regular $115 value). This includes a short sleeve T-shirt (excludes performance tees or NRS brand), pair of underwear, pair of socks, a baseball/trucker hat, and a sticker from among the stores wide selection.

You can also captures these super deals: 20% off all regular priced shoes, Outback coats, vests and hats, Wolverine clothing, Gregory and Osprey backpacks, all Mountain Hardware, and Marmot tents and sleeping bags. You can save 10% on Kuhl and Marmot clothing as well. In our ladies boutique check out the 40% savings on all our Krimson Klover fashions.

The store is loaded with stocking stuffers from Smart Wool or Farm to Feet socks to Umpqua fishing flies. Be sure to stop local. The store will continue regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and only closing on Christmas Day. We’re happy to say we’ll be open until 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 to help celebrate Saluda’s Hometown Christmas! Hope you’ll stop by for a sweet treat.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season. For unto us a child is born…Isaiah 9:6.11x17poster-(1)

Saluda Outfitters to Host Chamber After Hours

 

 

The next Carolina Foothills Business After Hours will be held on Tuesday, November 14th, at Saluda Outfitters, located at 435 Main St. in Saluda NC.  The event will be co-hosted by 2 Minute Miracle Gel/Zija International.   Saluda Outfitters opened this Spring and has quickly become a favorite retailer with an extensive array of top-quality performance apparel, outdoor camping, kayaking, and paddle boarding equipment and supplies and also a weekend entertainment venue with local and regional live music on the back patio, and serving beer and wine.

2 Minute Miracle Gel is a clinically proven, 7-in-1 topical product that harnesses powerful ingredients that gently renews skin without any abrasives, leaving soft glowing skin in just 2 minutes, and you will be able to try a sample at the event.

All Chamber members are invited to attend, and be sure to bring your cards to share and for door prizes.  “After 5” beverages and appetizers will be served during the 5:30 to 7 PM event.   RSVP is a must by calling the Chamber at828-859-6236 or email to janet@carolinafoothillschamber.com, by Monday November 13th at 5 PM.

 

Fall brings great music to the Saluda Outfitters’ outdoor stage

 

Celebrate the beauty of fall in the Western North Carolina Mountains with some live music provided by some of the areas most talented musicians as Saluda Outfitters continues its Saturday evening concerts throughout October.

Join your neighbors for some relaxation and fun in the SO’s outdoor music venue. With a permanent stage for the bands, the outdoor venue is set up in a picnic style atmosphere with tables and a fire pit for those cooler October evenings.

Music begins at 4 p.m. with bands playing until 7 p.m. or sometimes until the crowd dwindles. There is never a cover charge and attendees can choose from a variety of craft beers and wines. Fresh sandwiches, salads, chips and numerous organic snacks are available for purchase inside the store’s snack bar. Casual attire is more than welcome, and the venue is dog friendly.

Saturday, Oct. 7 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon is an eight-piece band that plays what they call “substantial rock ’n’ roll” that includes classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus a few surprises thrown in. Bring your dancing shoes.

Saturday, Oct. 14 | Second Souls will return to the SO stage with its revolving group of area musicians. Headed by Steve Prickelmyer of Greenville, S.C., the group includes Saluda percussionist Mark Lauer, guitarist Bill Loftus of Flat Rock and other regional musicians.

Saturday, Oct. 21 | Tryon’s Basement Bunch will return for a second weekend in October to help Saluda Outfitters celebrate fall.

Saturday, Oct. 28 | The eclectic Second Souls will take the stage again as Saluda Outfitters prepares for a weekend of Halloween Fun.

Saluda Outfitters is located at 435 Main Street and is celebrating its first fall as part of the historic town’s retail business. The Outfitter has recently received its fall and winter apparel shipments and is ready to serve the community as “the local resource” for clothing and gear. Come by to find everything you need for your outdoor adventures. Prepare for the holidays with a Saluda Outfitters gift card or select a gift from among the quality products and brands (Wolverine, Kuhl, Marmot, Royal Robbins, Elan) available. Call 828-848-4060 with questions. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday for your shopping convenience.

Center Stage to take SO Stage Sept. 30

There has been a change in Saturday’s music lineup at Saluda Outfitters. Due to a cancellation, Center Stage will now play in the outdoor venue at Saluda Outfitters from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 30.

Center Stage is a local group of musicians headed by well-known fiddle and mandolin player and singer Jeff Hayes. Playing with Hayes this weekend is Tim Hutchins on guitar and banjo, Allen Gosnell on guitar and Elmer Wilkins on upright bass.

The outdoor concert is free to the public. Beer and wine are available for purchase, along with organic snacks and sandwiches.

For more details on Saluda Outfitters, call the store at 828-848-4060 or visit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday/Saturday, 435 Main St., Saluda, N.C.

 

Fall brings great music to the Saluda Outfitters’ outdoor stage

Celebrate the beauty of fall in the Western North Carolina Mountains with some live music provided by some of the areas most talented musicians as Saluda Outfitters continues its Saturday evening concerts throughout October.

Join your neighbors for some relaxation and fun in the SO’s outdoor music venue. With a permanent stage for the bands, the outdoor venue is set up in a picnic style atmosphere with tables and a fire pit for those cooler October evenings.

Music begins at 4 p.m. with bands playing until 7 p.m. or sometimes until the crowd dwindles. There is never a cover charge and attendees can choose from a variety of craft beers and wines. Fresh sandwiches, salads, chips and numerous organic snacks are available for purchase inside the store’s snack bar. Casual attire is more than welcome, and the venue is dog friendly.

Saturday, Oct. 7 | The Basement Bunch from Tryon is an eight-piece band that plays what they call “substantial rock ’n’ roll” that includes classic rock from the 50s, 60s and 70s, plus a few surprises thrown in. Bring your dancing shoes.

Saturday, Oct. 14 | Second Souls will return to the SO stage with its revolving group of area musicians. Headed by Steve Prickelmyer of Greenville, S.C., the group includes Saluda percussionist Mark Lauer, guitarist Bill Loftus of Flat Rock and other regional musicians.

Saturday, Oct. 21 | Tryon’s Basement Bunch will return for a second weekend in October to help Saluda Outfitters celebrate fall.

Saturday, Oct. 28 | The eclectic Second Souls will take the stage again as Saluda Outfitters prepares for a weekend of Halloween Fun.

Saluda Outfitters is located at 435 Main Street and is celebrating its first fall as part of the historic town’s retail business. The Outfitter has recently received its fall and winter apparel shipments and is ready to serve the community as “the local resource” for clothing and gear. Come by to find everything you need for your outdoor adventures. Prepare for the holidays with a Saluda Outfitters gift card or select a gift from among the quality products and brands available. Call 828-848-4060 with questions. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, open until 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday for your shopping convenience.

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