ROCHESTER — Hobby? Business? It’s all one to Cliff St. Martin.
St. Martin is opening a new sporting goods store on Ind. 14 in Rochester on Saturday. Formerly an Indianapolis resident, St. Martin and his wife, Nikki, have spent periods boating at Lake Manitou in Rochester for the last 14 years and recently relocated to Rochester to open the store.
“Working hand in hand, day to day in the field I have such a passion for, it’s something I’ve wanted to do pretty much my entire life,” Cliff St. Martin said.
Saturday will be the grand opening for TimberWolf Trading Post, a niche store providing archery goods and services, ammunition and other hunting supplies and boating and watersports equipment.
The business will include an indoor archery range, as well.
It grew out of St. Martin’s avid hunting and boating activities. He said he’s been fishing since he could walk and first went hunting when he was about 5 or 6 years old.
“I’ve been on hunts all over North America,” he said. “Same thing with fishing.”
Nikki St. Martin’s family has been boating on Lake Manitou for more than 35 years, according to the business’ website. The couple became weekend Rochester residents starting in about 2004.
The former tool and die maker who rose to become the general manager of a family-owned Indianapolis business decided to open his own business last fall.
St. Martin started the ground work for TimberWolf Trading Post at that time, then purchased a building for the business, along with an adjacent residence, at 1297 W. 18th St. (Ind. 14) in February for $145,000, according to the sales information released through the state Department of Local Government Finance.
Most of the building will be taken up by the TimberWolf showroom and archery range, St. Martin said, each of which will take up approximately 1,200 square feet.