Saluda Outfitters and Green River Eddy’s Tap Room offers live music on our expansive deck from 5-8 p.m. Saturdays.

June 2 | Izzi Hughes is a talented youngster from Hendersonville who writes and performs her music to “inspire” her generation and others. Talented on guitar and piano, she writes, performs and records her own music. https://www.facebook.com/izzihughesmusic/

June 9 | Second Souls (5-8 p.m.) and a Wicked Weed Tap Takeover event (4-9 p.m.). Gritty originals, eclectic covers, rhythms and grooves! Consisting of a group of rotating musical talents from the local area, including some Saluda residents, you will definitely “get your mojo workin’” with this group. Join us for the official opening celebration of Green River Eddy’s. https://www.facebook.com/SecondSouls/

 June 16 | Darby Wilcox, a Greenville, SC, resident, this singer/songwriter/guitarist will bring her Indi-folk rock, soul sound to the SO stage.

https://www.facebook.com/darbyandthepeepshow/

June 23 | Pistol Hill, a Western NC country musician has been on the Hillbillies and Guitars Tour through June. His single, “Different You” is out and can be downloaded on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Pistol Hill received the Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Award in 2012 and is winner of the Hickory October-Fest Songwriter Showcase. https://www.facebook.com/PistolHill/

June 30 | Bill & Tads Excellent Duo is an acoustic/vocal duo from Spartanburg, SC. Tad Taylor and Bill Fletcher play everything from the blues to the Beatles to Pink Floyd on guitar and hand drums (djembe). https://www.facebook.com/BillnTad/

July 7 | Eric Congdon is an Asheville region musician playing sounds from Appalachia to Arabia. His interpretations of classic songs played on his Irish Bouzouki thrill audiences. His new CD is Into the Woods. http://www.ericcongdon.com/Eric_Congdon_Home_Page/Welcome.html

Saluda Outfitters is growing to help meet the retail and entertainment needs of historic Saluda’s residents and tourists. This month will bring the opening of our full-service bike shop and Green River Eddy’s Tap Room.

Named for the popular and nearby Green River and its eddies that attract whitewater adventurers from far and wide, our cozy log cabin adventure retail store has been renovated to include a tap room with a large outdoor deck. The inside of Green River Eddy’s features a winding bar made from locally sourced hickory and hand-shaped copper that leads to the outdoor deck where there is ample seating and warm fire pits for those cool summer evenings. Many unique touches have been added to the bar and deck, including woodcarvings by local chainsaw artist Ted Travers. You have to visit to appreciate the beauty of this entertainment venue.

The bar will have a minimum of six taps with a selection of more than 40 craft beers from Asheville, Charlotte and Greenville, as well as your favorite domestic beers, wine and munchies. Green River Eddy’s tees, bearing the unique logo designed by graphic artist Chris Wing of H2o Dreams, will be available for sale.

Saturday evening music has returned with live performances each Saturday from 5-8 p.m. on the new outdoor deck overlooking Main and Ozone or from inside the bar area that opens up to the deck. (stay tuned for additional dates and times as the weather warms up.)

This Saturday, April 28, Alex Saunders (of LivinLifeMan fame and a talented musician) will perform from 5-8 on the new deck at Saluda Outfitters that adjoins Green River Eddy’s Tap Room. Saunders recently released an album of his original works called Tumble Weed. To help celebrate the evening, patrons will be given a 10% discount on any LivinLifeMan apparel during the show.

The public is invited to be our guest Saturday, May 12, to help us celebrate the official opening of the tap room with lots of specials, great music and surprises! Second Souls will perform bringing their gritty originals, eclectic covers, rhythms and grooves to the deck! Consisting of a group of rotating musical talents from the local area, including some Saluda residents, you will definitely “get your mojo workin’” with this group. Join us for the official opening celebration of Green River Eddy’s.

Music at Saluda Outfitter’s newly opened bar—Green River Eddy’s Tap Room—is held Saturdays on the outdoor deck at 435 Main St., Saluda, NC. Most hours are 5-8 but stay tuned for additional hours throughout the summer. Call 828-848-0460 for information.

May 5 | 5-8 p.m. Indigo Roots band members Becky Osteen, Bob “Buck” Buckingham, and Professor Dave McCurry will bring their acoustic blues and Americana roots genre to the deck. Buckingham plays guitars, mandolin and vocals with Osteen on upright bass and McCurry on harmonicas. Their music is influenced by the Appalachian Piedmont region. Join us for a Cinco de Mayo party as we celebrate a soft opening of the finished tap room. https://www.facebook.com/indigorootsmusic/

May 12 | 5-8 p.m. Second Souls Gritty originals, eclectic covers, rhythms and grooves! Consisting of a group of rotating musical talents from the local area, including some Saluda residents, you will definitely “get your mojo workin’” with this group. Join us for the official opening celebration of Green River Eddy’s. https://www.facebook.com/SecondSouls/

May 19 | 5-8 p.m. Bob & Amy Buckingham will share some “ole time music” and bluegrass to get the crowd moving. Playing acoustic guitars, the couple offers some toe-tapping vibes and will share some other own songs from their album Chickens in Paradise. No Facebook page but catch them on YouTube.

May 26 | 3-5 p.m. Alex Saunders will join us once again for an evening of original music and song. If you missed Alex April 28, you are in for a treat. His digital album Tumble Weed released in January 2018 is available at alexsaunders.bandcamp.com. In addition to the title song, Saunders will perform “Carolina Way,” “Movin’ On” and other selections from his album. https://www.facebook.com/llmalex/

May 26 | 5-8 p.m. The duo of Mark n’ Brian are Mark Cantrell from Spartanburg’s The Rockafellers with classic rock, funk, blues and Brian Lewis from Blind Manifest, a North Carolina cover band ranked in the top 25 nationally. The Charlotte based duo https://www.facebook.com/MarkNBrian/

June 2 | 5-8 p.m. Izzi Hughes is a talented youngster from Hendersonville who writes and performs her music to “inspire” her generation and others. Talented on guitar and piano, she writes, performs and records her own music. https://www.facebook.com/izzihughesmusic/

Saluda Outfitters has opened a full-service bicycle shop managed by veteran bike technician and fit specialist Jonathan Tumas. Tumas brings 20 years’ experience in the bicycle industry to the new shop located on the lower level of the outfitter. A Giant bicycle dealer, the outfitter can now provide mechanics, sales, fittings and all aspects of biking needs for beginners to the most experienced riders and on any type of bike, said Tumas, who is already hard at work at the shop.

A recent transplant to Saluda, Tumas is a native of New Bern, N.C., and most recently lived in Charlotte where he has worked for both Bike Line of Charlotte and BikeSource as a mechanic and in sales. Among his other experience, he worked as systems manager for Hilltop Bicycles in New Jersey and as general manager for Sid’s Bikes in New York City.

Tumas studied civil engineering at UNC Charlotte and holds certifications from SBCU (Specialized Bicycle Components University), Trek University, Shimano S-Tec, Sram Technical University and DT Swiss for wheel building, among others.

“I am extremely excited to bring two decades of cycling industry experience and knowledge to Saluda and take creative control of the new shop,” Tumas said. “We want to make sure we provide the right bike for every rider and we guarantee our service, which includes parts, accessories, components, fork service and wheel building.”

On the retail apparel side of Saluda Outfitters, be sure to stop by to check out the spring line of clothing that continues to arrive daily and includes Elan fashions for women and Howler Bros for men. Also, our latest durable and comfortable sock lines for cycling, running, hiking or any other sport such as golf or skiing include Swiftwick, FITS and Smartwool. We now carry a select group of Astral shoes in our expanded shoe department. A sales corner provides convenient shopping for all sales items in the store, which includes any fall/winter fashions still on hand at great prices.

As summer is just on the horizon, don’t forget to enroll your youth in the area’s closest kayak day camp. The Green River School-Youth Kayak Day Camp conducted by Chris and Lydia Wing at H2o Dreams and based at Saluda Outfitters, offers youth ages 8 to 16 opportunities to become familiar with whitewater paddling while learning about the environment and protection of our water resources. The first session begins in June. To register, contact the Wings at (828) 767-7109, email info@h2odreams.com or register on the website at www.h2odreams.com.

Saluda Outfitters, located at 435 Main St., just one mile off I-26 at Exit 59 and Ozone Road, continues regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The shop will be open regular hours Easter Sunday. For information, call (828) 848-4060.

If you have driven down Ozone Road to Highway 176 into Saluda lately, you most likely have noticed the construction occurring at Saluda Outfitters on the hill. It looks massive and it is. The owners are adding a large open deck with some inside renovations that will add a taproom to the facility. This expansion will allow more space for enjoying the atmosphere of historic Saluda while shopping at the outdoor adventure retailer, enjoying a cold craft beer or glass of wine and in the spring, some great live music.

“After an enjoyable hiking, biking or river adventure, outdoor enthusiasts can drop by to shop for their favorite outdoor gear and apparel and relax awhile,” Andy Hendrix, new store operations manager, said. “We hope this addition and others soon to be announced will be complimentary pieces to the shopping experience.”

There is no specific date for opening the taproom yet, but Hendrix and the owners say an announcement will be coming soon.

Hendrix added that the spring line of Elan clothing displayed in the ladies’ boutique has begun to arrive, and an array of spring outdoor and adventure apparel is on the way. Come by to check out the updated supply of NRS jackets and great discounts on winter clothing.

In other news, H20 Dreams Paddling School, based in Saluda in close proximity to the fabled Green River and conveniently housed in Saluda Outfitters is adding a youth day camp to its agenda. The core team of husband and wife Chris and Lydia Wing remain steadfast in providing the best paddling experiences in the industry by never ceasing to be students themselves. New for 2018 is their offering to the summer camp world, The Green River School, a youth whitewater kayaking day camp.

Available to aspiring river paddlers of all abilities, this bi-weekly, five-day camp is an affordable and exciting option for youngsters ages 8 to 16 this summer beginning June 11. The only prerequisite skill is an ability to swim. H20 Dreams can accommodate younger campers with a prior lesson and in-person interview.

“Nothing beats the camaraderie developed in the outdoors and on the river,” Chris Wing said. “The aim of these youth coaching sessions is to introduce new paddlers to the joys of the river and the skills necessary to keep it safe, productive and fun.”

To register, contact the Wings at (828) 767-7109, email info@h2odreams.com or register on the website at www.h2odreams.com.

Saluda Outfitters, located at 435 Main St., just one mile off I-26 at Exit 59 and Ozone Road, continues regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Shop locally while gearing up to get outside and enjoy the pending spring and the variety of outdoor adventures provided in the Saluda area.

Congratulations to Don Bryant of Flat Rock, N.C., for winning the Bellyak prize package sponsored by Saluda Outfitters during WTZQ 95.3 Radio’s The Great Holiday Give-A-Way. We appreciate everyone who dropped by the store to register and hope that, although you didn’t win the big prize, you walked away with some great deals for your holiday shopping.

January is a quiet month in Saluda, but Saluda Outfitters will continue to offer some great shopping deals worth coming to town to check out. Be sure to stop by New Year’s Day as we begin our after Christmas sales that will continue throughout the month. There is always something special for those birthday and anniversary gifts and we make gift giving easy with our gift cards. In addition to some great outdoor clothing and adventure gear, we have a very fashionable ladies boutique and a selection of Giant bicycles.

As we begin the new year, be sure to stop local. The store, located at 435 Main St., just one mile off I-26 at Exit 59 and Ozone Road, will continue regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and open until 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Here is wishing everyone a safe and happy 2018. Come shop with us, gear up and get outside for some great adventures this year.