Deek Heycamp, Bryan Knudsen open shop in former Winter Fox space on Pioneer Boulevard

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Past and present owners of the ski shop space on Pioneer Boulevard Bryan Knudsen, Barbara Fox and Deek Heycamp celebrated the opening of Next Adventure last Friday, Dec. 1.Those planning out their next outdoor adventure can now check out a new store whose name reflects the mission.

Longtime friends, adventurers and business partners Deek Heycamp and Bryan Knudsen have set up shop as Next Adventure in the former Winter Fox Ski Shop at 38454 Pioneer Blvd.

On Friday, Dec. 1, the duo hosted a grand opening attended by Barbara Fox, former owner of Winter Fox and several Sandy dignitaries including Mayor Bill King, who cut the ribbon to welcome the winter sports retailers to town.

The Sandy shop is one of four Next Adventure locations in Oregon, which specialize in the sale of recreational gear for everything from skiing and snowboarding to paddle boarding and kayaking.

With its proximity to Mount Hood and its wealth of ski, snowboard and sledding options, the Sandy location will focus on the winter recreation side.

Fox owned the space for 28 years and operating her store from another location on Pioneer Boulevard for a total of 39 years in business in Sandy.

She said it would have been 40 years had she not been diagnosed with breast cancer, forcing her to sell the store in 2015.

POST PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Mayor Bill King came out to the grand opening of the new ski shop."It sat vacant for a year," she said. "But it does have life again now."

"It's a great story," Heycamp added. "We've known Barbara a long time. She was adamant we were the ones who should buy it. It was an honor."

Heycamp and Knudsen, who bought the building in March 2016, said they hope to add a new structure and one day eventually build an entire new store in the shop's footprint.

"The city of Sandy has been great to work with," Heycamp said. "The goal is within three years to have a new building. We'll save as much as we can, but it is an older building. The goal is to do something really beneficial for the city."

The building Heycamp envisions would be two stories and about 7,000 square-feet tall.

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