Outdoors provision store set to open

Samantha Hill

 Among the ever-changing backdrop of downtown Livingston, a new store is opening for the outdoor adventurers.

 The store, Jumping Off Point, owned by Dan Rice is located at 108 W. Callendar St. and carries food, outdoors supplies, games and beer.

 “We wanted to make a store that is a one-stop shop for people on their way to camp,” Rice said.

 Rice, 37, said in the past, he has spent time in Western and Midwestern states experiencing different outdoor activities, even living out of a tent in Minnesota for a year. His experiences led  him to pursue establishing a store in Livingston that would help people with similar passions.

 “We just really want people to have fun camping,” he said.

 The store has everything one could need for their outdoor adventures, especially food. Many of the food options are from Montana and range from ice cream to meats and cheeses in the fridge section to dried goods and fresh produce as well. He said he has picked things that are easily packable.

 An adventure is not complete without a little bit of alcohol and the business has that too. Rice said he wanted to incorporate beers that people may not find elsewhere as well as mid-range-priced wines. Beverages come bottled, boxed or in cans.

 “Everything we have here is something we have tested and enjoyed,” Rice said.

 Rice said he has already worked with local businesses for collaborations. For example, Blue Bean Coffee Roasters came up with a “Jumping Off Point” blend and Mountain Air Sports Screen Printing in town helped produce their homemade logo for their T-shirts and sweatshirts.

 Other items in the store include camping basics such as tents, axes and fire starters, as well as games, gifts and books.

 The business will hold a grand opening at 11 a.m. on March 11, with opportunities for prizes. Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

 For more information, call store at 333-2191.