Outfitter store opens for business

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon at Country Squirrel Outfitters at 3 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.Owners Steve and Miranda Putt grew up in Bedford County and later moved to Colorado where they owned and operated a similar outfitter store; they ultimately moved back to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and friends.Country Squirrel Outfitters is a one-stop shop for all of your recreational gear needs; offering a large variety of camping, hiking, backpacking, cross country, fishing, hunting, running, disc golf, geocaching, snowboarding, rock climbing and winter sports equipment.CSO also offers gear rentals. Mountain, tandem and comfort bikes are available for rent as well as snowshoes and cross country skis for the winter.Having owned their store in Colorado, Steve and Miranda were able to transfer their equipment lines and brands including Cannondale, Mammut, Sierra Designs, Kelty and many others.Being located in the heart of Ridgway alongside the Clarion River and the 18-mile Clarion/Little Toby trail makes the perfect setting for an outfitter store."We felt fortunate to be able to find a place right along the river and across from the bike trail," Miranda said. "We were close to the Arkansas River in Colorado, but not right next to it. I think finding a place like this is a rarity these days, so we pretty much jumped on the opportunity to get it."The building was previously occupied by Love's Canoe Rental and Sales, owned by Dave Love.