Small Business Spotlight: Rock Shop now open in Richland

RICHLAND, Wash. — Tri-Cities now has a new rock climbing center. Rock Shop in Richland opened up in January of this year, offering rock climbing, weight lifting and summer camps to local residents.

The recreational center is a bouldering gym. Pat Howard opened the gym during the pandemic. Howard commented that while opening any business is a feat by itself, the constantly changing regulations were an adjustment to get used to. Regardless, the gym is getting better business each month and has a steady group of regulars.

“We are a bouldering gym, which means there’s no ropes or harnesses, it’s just kind of chalk and rock climbing shoes,” Howard said. “The walls are a little shorter than normal climbing walls. I would say they’re about sixteen feet rather than the typical forty or fifty feet that people typically think of when they think of a rock climbing gym.”

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The gym offers several types of different memberships, including day passes, punch cards, and  prepaid annual memberships. For your first visit, the rock climbing shoes are included. After that, it’s $4 per visit to rent the shoes.

The gym is located at 1965 Fowler Street in Richland, Washington. It’s located in the FG Building at the end of Fowler, constructed in 2019. The gym is 10,000 square feet. It includes a training area, campus and hang board area, as well as the boulder rock climbing walls. In the future, Howard plans to open a lounge area as COVID-19 restrictions loosen.

Starting June 21st, Rock Shop will offer summer camps, which will run through August.

“Don’t be afraid to try it!” Howard said. “It’s not nearly as challenging or intimidating as you might think like rock climbing would be.”

You can find Rock Shop on Facebook and Instagram, or visit their website.

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