Corridor Business Journal – October 1, 2018
The indoor climbing wall at SOKO Outfitters. CREDIT SOKO OUTFITTERS

SOKO Outfitters, a locally owned specialty outdoor store in Cedar Rapids, will celebrate its grand opening on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

“SOKO Outfitters is about finding new adventures, and we are excited to be part of the ongoing revitalization of the Czech Village,” co-owner Steve Shriver said in a release. “We are in the foothills of Mount Trashmore, located right along the river and the bike trail. We want to be a bridge that helps people explore our community and beyond.”
SOKO officially opened Sept. 1 at 41 16th Ave. SW. The grand opening will offer an opportunity to tour the 6,000-square-foot store, meet the owners and learn more about the SOKO family of brands, which include Patagonia, The North Face, Prana, Salomon, Fjallraven, Osprey, Darn Tough Socks, Camelba and Smartwool.
The event will feature family-friendly activities such as live music by Young the Lion, free beverages for adults and children, games, a slackline demonstration, product giveaways and raffle drawings.
Guests can also try the two-story climbing wall, which has unique features that are molded from actual rock formations on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border.
Representatives from the Indian Creek Nature Center, Iowa Water Trails Association and Cedar Rapids Parks Foundation will share updates about progress on the forthcoming kayak launch, which will promote non-motorized water recreation along the Cedar River.
SOKO staff will also have details about upcoming adventure trips in 2019, which include hiking at national canyon parks, and a biking and rafting trip in Colorado.