Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.
Whether you routinely climb, or you’ve been thinking about exploring the sport of climbing, Triangle Rock Club‘s two locations may be just the place to scratch that climbing itch. The original facility in Morrisville opened in 2007 and started drawing an avid membership. Fast forward a few years later to September 2013 and growing interest in the sport resulted in the opening of the 13,000 square foot North Raleigh location. Then just earlier this month the Morrisville location expanded adding 17,000 square feet. Each facility provides plenty of terrain to navigate, as well as instruction and programs for beginners and challenges for more experienced climbers.
The Morrisville location’s grand opening event on July 12 revealed an impressive (and somewhat intimidating to me) 55 foot wall, purported to be the tallest wall in five states. Yet while striving to reach those heights, safety is still a top priority at TRC. Staff will take time to make sure patrons understand the risks associated with indoor climbing and are properly prepared. They’re serious about safety, maintaining the appropriate standards, including routine equipment inspection. That’s important because they want to keep the climbing community healthy, so we can continue to have as much fun as possible.
The business partners behind TRC have found their niche. Recently they’ve announced plans for another facility to be located in Fayetteville, which seems a perfect community fit. Community is a big focus for TRC and earned them the 2014 Small Business Administration’s North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year. The award reflects the company’s commitment to employee growth, innovation of services as well as a history of community improvement projects. So huge congrats to local small business owners ascending to new heights, making our community a little more fun along the way.