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Rogue River Rentals offers new opportunities for downtown visitors

May 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 […]