Kayak shop burned by arson soon in full swing | SierraSun.com

Kayak shop burned by arson soon in full swing

Ryan Salm/ Sierra SunAndy Laughlin of Tahoe City Kayak stands with a melted kayak behind the remains of his business. Tahoe City Kayak is in the process of rebuilding and is still open for business.

The Tahoe community continues to show support for Tahoe City Kayak after a July 5 arson fire.

“There are so many good people pitching in. We will survive. It’ll be tough for a while, but we’re going to make it,” said Andy Laughlin, Tahoe City Kayak owner.

As Laughlin works to find a new retail space, as well as continue with tours and rentals, businesses and friends have banded together to support the shop.

Locals Andy Harris, Matt Brogan, and Powder Mike organized a party raising upwards of $1,200. Pete ‘n Peters, Resort at Squaw Creek, Village at Squaw Valley, and Sally Hisey, to name a few, contributed prizes for a fundraising raffle.

The Tahoe City Downtown Association collected donations at a Commons Beach concert. And Sierra Vista will host a benefit concert on Aug. 5.

“Suffice it to say doors are opening that weren’t open before.” Laughlin said. “All kinds of businesses are helping out. I’ve been really encouraged by the way the community has come together.”

Tahoe City Kayak will likely open in a new location next to Fiamma’s, said Laughlin, as well as for rentals on the beach behind Safeway. For now, they are still open at the old location off Highway 28.

“[I’m] amazed and glad to see locals stick together and businesses throw down to support other businesses,” said Harris. “Tahoe’s not Tahoe without the small businesses.”

Enjoy live music at Sierra Vista Saturday Aug. 5 at 10 p.m. to benefit Tahoe City Kayak. Questions about raffle and auction contributions should be directed to Kat Terrey at 386-3901.

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