LINDSBORG — Little Sweden USA is gearing up for an adventure with a new business on Main Street.

Rendezvous Adventure Outfitters is set to open in early February at 113 N. Main St., Lindsborg, with a grand opening in March. Owner Rick Bodenhamer and his wife Julie hope to share their expertise in outdoor activities and bring supplies closer to like-minded residents.

“The Lindsborg area has a tremendous amount of excellent outdoor recreational opportunities, and many people from Salina, McPherson, Lindsborg, and the surrounding areas are regularly engaged in a variety of outdoor pursuits,” Rick Bodenhamer said. “These people are driving long distances in order to get what they need to gear up for their activities and trips. All of this showed us that an outdoor business was needed here. We hope to make pursuing an active outdoor lifestyle a little easier by bringing the store home to Lindsborg.”

Rick Bodenhamer is and Eagle Scout and has 17 years of experience in the outdoors industry. When combined with Julie Bodenhamer’s experience in camping, history and archaeology, the duo have a skill set focused on exploration and sharing their passion for adventures.

“We both love exploring, experiencing different cultures and having adventures. Since we both love history, we named the store Rendezvous — a reference to the early Mountain Men and their yearly rendezvous meetings where they would come together to laugh, share stories, trade, and encourage each other,” Rick Bodenhamer said. “We want this to be a place where modern day adventurers can come together through various store events, or simply drop by to support one another, gear up for their next adventure, trade stories, and share their common passion for the outdoors.”

The store will offer quality clothing and gear from top brands like Patagonia, Marmot, Big Agnes, Black Diamond and Life is Good to support activities ranging from camping and rock climbing to hiking and travel.

“We are also working on bringing in a number of popular Scandinavian brands to capitalize on Lindsborg's reputation as ‘Little Sweden USA,’” Rick Bodenhamer said. “The people, the charming small town atmosphere, great schools, the emphasis on the arts, and positive energy that permeates its business community all were really important to us. We want to support and enhance that aspect of Lindsborg's identity.”

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