Rockford’s Rogue River Rentals is teaming up with Kentwood Parks and Recreation and the Grand Rapids Wheelchair Sports Association (GRWSA) on August 12 for an advanced adaptive kayaking trip on the Rogue River. According to Audrey Stout of the Kentwood Parks and Recreation, “The advance adaptive kayaking trip is for more advanced participants who would like more of a challenge than our kayaking clinic that we also offer. We are also using this kayaking trip to give our participants an opportunity to experience kayaking on a river.” Rogue River Rentals owner Cindy Palmreuter said, “We are so honored that Kentwood Parks and Recreation selected Rogue River Rentals to host this event. It is a great opportunity for us to help give these athletes the tools to be able to utilize their abilities above and beyond what they are accustomed to through their regular kayaking clinic.” Stout explained, “Kentwood Parks and Recreation offers a variety of opportunities for people with various disabilities. We are a Paralympic Sport Club which is a community-based sports club developed to involve youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities in sports and physical activity.” Kentwood Parks and Recreation currently offers activities such as adaptive water ski, archery, rock climbing, downhill snow ski, canoeing/kayaking, and wheelchair basketball. The GRWSA, Kentwood Parks and Recreation’s partner organization, is a nonprofit organization designed to help children and adults whose various physical challenges require them to use a wheelchair to play competitive and recreational sports. Their mission is “to provide and promote competitive and recreational wheelchair sports for persons with physical disabilities.” Palmreuter and her team are gearing up for the event and anticipate between 10 and 12 athletes. “We are really looking forward to meeting these amazing people who have made the conscious choice to overcome their disabilities and push themselves to be their absolute best,” said Palmreuter. “It’s really very inspiring!”
Kayak, bike, picnic or just have a seat by BETH ALTENA Cindy Palmreuter, owner of Double Take Resale shop, and her husband Steve were sad when Powers Outdoors closed their doors in downtown Rockford last October, and they thought town visitors would miss the ability to rent kayaks to cruise the Rogue River, a service Powers offered. Then the idea came to them. Located just a stone’s throw from the White Pine Trail and two stone’s throws from the Rogue River, Palmreuter realized her shop’s location was perfect for offering outdoor gear for rent. Her brainchild, Rogue River Rentals, officially opened May 1. The new business already offers eight kayaks, eight bikes, some camp chairs and an assortment of other rentable items to make a trip to Rockford more of an adventure. With gas at a roadtrip-discouraging $4-plus per gallon and expected to stay high this summer, Palmreuter believes more people will be staying close to home this vacation season, but that doesn’t mean an end to summer fun. “There are lots of cool things to do right close to home or even in your backyard,” she said. Palmreuter believes even regulars to downtown don’t realize everything that is going on in the town, especially in summer. Every Tuesday during the Huntington Bank Rogue River Blues Series, people pop their heads into her shop to ask what the crowds are for by the dam. The unprepared will be more comfortable, thanks to Rogue River Rentals, as Palmreuter now offers an array of chairs, throws and even a picnic basket for those who would like to stay and see the live music. One of the benefits of Rockford’s cohesive downtown merchant community is the shop owners like to work and plan together. In this spirit Palmreuter has enlisted the cooperation of other merchants, such as Laura at Twisted Vine and Nick at Poindexter’s Specialty Marketplace, who will sell goodies to fill the rented picnic basket after they are referred over by Palmreuter or her staff. Palmrueter said business at the resale shop has been brisk and her sellers appreciate that she offers cash on the spot for quality clothing and accessories seven days a week during business hours, and no appointment required. Setting Double Take apart […]
Owners of the downtown resale boutique Double Take, Steve and Cindy Palmreuter, are taking on a new venture: a rental business. The vision for Rogue River Rentals is one that is very much in tune with what Cindy has dubbed “the Rockford experience.” The Palmreuters have purchased several kayaks so far and plan to launch the new business, Rogue River Rentals LLC, in early spring. “This was a no-brainer with our location being right on the river and the bike trail,” said Palmreuter. Other potential future rentals may include bikes and paddleboats, as well as remote-controlled boats, beach chairs and picnic equipment for enjoying Rockford’s many Garden Park events. “From our special events driven by the Rockford Chamber and the City of Rockford, to our quaint retail businesses, Rockford encapsulates small-town America,” commented Palmreuter. “People come to Rockford for the whole experience… the sights, the sounds, the food, and the casual shopping, just to name a few. People come into Double Take and ask me on any given Saturday, ‘What is there to do in Rockford?’ It really got me thinking. Our goal with the new rental business is to help them experience Rockford to the fullest.” For now, both businesses will share the space within Double Take. “It will be kind of tight, but we’ll make it work,” said Palmreuter of their current location. Updates on the opening date of the new business and other information will be posted on the fan page on Facebook, Rogue River Rentals.
Double Take Resale will be hosting its first Homecoming Dress Swap event this Sunday, Sept. 20 from noon to 5 p.m. Cindy Palmreuter, owner of Double Take, said “We’ve had tons of interest in buying or selling homecoming and prom dresses during our first year in business, but since our model involves purchasing mainly casual clothing outright, we had to get creative with this.” Palmreuter is asking girls and their moms to dig through their closets and bring all of their formal dresses, shoes and accessories down to the shop at 31 Courtland St., Rockford. Dresses will be accepted until Sunday at 12:45 a.m. Beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, the swap will commence. “Dresses will be organized by size, and girls will have the opportunity to look for dresses they wish to try on and trade or purchase.” Double Take hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call (616) 884.0331.