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Since announcing my desire to retire and the fact the business is up for sale, we’ve had an amazing response from our customers. They have let us know that Otto’s is an integral part of the Nordic community and I want to see the shop continue to be available for all of you. I’ve come to the realization that I’m not prepared to close the business and step away. While there is still a good possibility of selling the business to the right person, I can no longer afford the rent at the present location.

The plan is to put the Otto’s merchandise into storage for the summer months while looking for a shared or new venue for Otto’s. We will take the remaining inventory to the Nordic swap meets that will be held in the fall both here in town and in Hood River. Teacup holds two dynamite ski swaps and Hood River ski swap benefits the high school.

Anyone interested in helping Otto’s pack for storage can do so in trade for merchandise. We will be looking for help doing the swap meets during the fall and I’ll be putting an SOS out then.

The Otto’s phone number and email will stay up and running. The phone will be checked frequently and the email weekly. I’m hoping to hear news about an Otto’s buyer, a shared working space, or volunteers to help in any way shape or form. Let’s stay positive moving forward as it seems to be the consensus that the Nordic community wants Otto’s to not fade into the past.

We will remain open in the present location until June 9th from Saturday – Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM and throughout the week by appointment.

Merchandise has been moving and we still have good size runs. I can provide people with prices of all skis, boots, poles, and bindings and snowshoes, and availability if they want to call ahead. We have been able to outfit whole families with skis, boots, and poles at the best prices around!

If you want to purchase ski gear, the next two weeks are the time to do it! If you are interested in buying Otto’s Ski Shop or helping with the move contact Otto’s at ottosskishop@gmail.com and 503-668-5947.

Once again I want to express my immense gratitude to all my customers and friends for all the encouragement and support they have given me these last few months.