RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - People were flowing in and out of Thrive Adventure Gear at their grand opening Saturday.
They were supposed to have a ribbon cutting Friday, but due to the bad weather they canceled it. They still held their grand opening Saturday anyways.
Thrive is different than your typical retail store, because everything in the store has been donated making it more affordable.
If you don't have basic transportation, they will sell you a bike for twenty dollars.
They also have a faith based youth service organization operating at the location to help kids ages 14-17 get hands on experience.
Thrive program director, Dan Linde, says “It's in my heart to help these guys get more prepared for the job market and to also help them move on after high school so we help teach them 50 key life skills in nine different areas of engagement to help them with their next employer so they know employee expectations and help them find a career that they would rather enjoy.”
The kids that help around the shop are not only volunteering up to 50 hours of their time, but also set a long term fitness goal.
It could be anything from running a half marathon to biking a certain amount of miles.
In the store they have laid out a list of words that volunteers are not allowed to say to help with their grammar.
Volunteer at Thrive, Tianna Big Crow, explains “so we have to work on not saying like, umm, I don't know, yeah but, I can't, I know right, or something, and stuff but if we say those then we have to do 5 pushups and I’m pretty sure I have to do like 30.”
They also have a tune up shop to fix anything that you may need repaired.
If you have any sporting or outdoor equipment laying around the house, you can drop it off at their location off Campbell Street.