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Bear Mountain Outfitters in Toledo thrives on survivalist set

Posted: Wednesday, Feb 20th, 2013


Bear Mountain proprietress Patty Rhoades, who packs a Taurus .38 Special revolver on her hip during business hours at Bear Mountain Outfitters, designed a line of jewelry for her store but enjoys selling firearms, too — especially to women. The 3-year-old retail business at 281 N. Main Street in Toledo, is the product of a 39-year marriage for owners Howard and Patty Rhoades. With retirement on the horizon, they merged their interests into a common venture — a practical mix of survivalist supplies and unique gifts that fit like a deerskin glove. (Photo by Rick Beasley)


TOLEDO — Customers of Bear Mountain Outfitters don’t have to be hard-core survivalists to enjoy the aisles packed with freeze-dried meals, broadhead arrows and firearms. There’s Patty Rhoades’s handmade jewelry, too.

“It’s all designed and made by myself,” said the Bear Mountain proprietress, who packs a Taurus .38 Special revolver on her hip during business hours. “It’s nice to have something for women to look at so they’re not bored when their husbands are all caught up in the guns and fishing tackle.”

Big Mountain Outfitters, a three-year-old retail business located across from city hall at 281 North Main Street, is the product of a 39-year marriage for owners Howard and Patty Rhoades. The couple met at a drive-in movie in Newport and raised two daughters while Howard operated a trucking outfit and Patty and her mom ran a vending business for dog shows. With retirement on the horizon, they merged their interests into a common venture — a practical mix of survivalist supplies, top-drawer hiking and camping equipment, freshwater fishing tackle, archery lines, firearms and outdoors apparel.

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