Can we just take a moment to applaud how downtown Salem has really been shaping up this past year? I’m talking more local businesses cropping up, more food things and drink things and shopping things, more people out and about, more to do and explore and adventure! Another exciting change-up this month includes Salem Summit Company’s recent move from their old location on State Street to the space which was once Greenbaum’s Quilted Forest.
“We were feeling a little tight [at the State Street location], and needed some more breathing room,” says owner, Al Tandy. “We wanted to find and make a space that is more community-centered. Salem Summit Company is more than a store, it’s also a fun place to be—where people feel comfortable and welcome, a space you could walk in to and feel invited.”
Tandy had been looking for a larger downtown location for some time, but most of the available spaces to lease were already snatched up. Yet when Greenbaum’s owners, Bill and Sylvia Dorney, decided to retire and close their 116-year-old business, Tandy saw the window of opportunity to move to the perfect cozy space in the heart of historic downtown Salem.
While the store’s inventory looks very much the same, Tandy and his employees now have lots of space to work with for displaying new gear in the future. Their equipment rental program is still in full swing, though, continuing to offer customers the chance to test out some gear before investing in their own. With fall and winter upon us, the Salem Summit Company has an equipment answer for any outdoor activity.
“We often recommend going hiking in the local areas, as the trails are usually very quiet, and at lower elevations there isn’t generally snowfall,” Tandy explains, recommending their rain gear, waterproof shoes, and rain hats to help make those fall hikes more enjoyable. “Fall and winter hiking can be the best time to get out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the forest.”
He also plugged cross country skiing and snowshoeing, which are both great for all skill levels. Starting this fall, Salem Summit Company will have snowshoes, cross country skis, poles, and shoes available for rent. They also stock lots of apparel and accessories that are perfect for cross country skiing.
It’s exciting to have another bunch of good-hearted people working to equip Salem for a better future. “We are constant advocates for active lifestyles,” Tandy told me. “And if we don’t carry it, we are constantly sending people to every downtown business that we can. We never view other businesses as competition; it’s always about building friendships.”
Salem Summit Company is now located at 240 Commercial Street NE in downtown Salem between Court and Chemeketa Streets. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12-4 pm.