River-focused business expands to land
Luke Spencer and Tanley Dickson of Clackamas River Outfitters have spent the last several years offering recreation opportunities on the water, and now they will also connect with customers at a storefront in downtown Estacada.
Clackamas River Outfitters' new store opened on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 194 S.E. Fourth Ave.
"It's been in our minds as a plan for a long time," Dickson said. "It's a buildup. We've had all of this anticipation."
Along with neighboring Yo Treats Frozen Yogurt, the new store occupies the former Estacada Motorsports building, which was purchased and renovated by the city's Urban Renewal Agency prior to being leased to the two tenants.
"I'm glad we were able find creative solutions to bring businesses to town," Dickson said.
The business has provided a variety of kayak and paddling tours and classes on the Clackamas River since 2015. Dickson said she and Spencer "knew we had to take time and build up business" prior to opening a storefront.
They see the new location as an opportunity to continue creating connections.
"We want this to have a community feeling. People can drop in on their way to the river and back and talk about their adventures," Dickson said.
She added that they are happy to serve customers in additional ways.
"We like to be offer options to people," she said. "People can come here for their paddling needs."
At the store, customers can purchase a variety of equipment, gear, books and Clackamas River Outfitters-related apparel. Complimentary coffee is also available.
Dickson noted that cultivating a community around river recreation is at the heart of the company's mission.
"We're a business based on passion for the outdoors. The more people can connect to the outdoors, that's where this all comes from. We want to get others to enjoy it," she said.