Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Peak Performers Rock-Climbing Gym Offers a Vertical Challenge

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Peak Performers Rock-Climbing Gym Offers a Vertical Challenge

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Robin and Debra Rains want their customers to reach new

heights when the couple opens a rock-climbing gym and

organizational training center this summer.

The Rains' new Southside business, Peak Performers Inc., will

open in August in the theater at the former Market Square Mall,

now 95 Central Business Center.

"We wanted to bring the mountains to Florida," said Debra

Rains, a speech pathologist.

The $250,000 business has been a three-year dream for the St.

Nicholas couple. They have two main goals for Peak Performers.

First, the Rains want to teach customers rock-climbing skills

and provide experienced climbers a place to practice. Second,

they want to offer team-building and motivational classes.

Rock climbing is a great way for businesses and organizations

to teach their members team-building skills, the Rains said.

"Most of the time when you come in here, you're going to have to

have someone help you," said Robin Rains, a massage therapist.

Because few people have experience at rock climbing, the

environment "levels the playing field," Debra Rains said. "It

allows people to get out of their element and to see what they

can accomplish."

The centerpiece of the gym will be a 35-foot sculptured

climbing wall with sections for climbers of all skill levels. It

will cover 4,000 square feet of the 6,700 square feet that Peak

Performers is leasing at 95 Central Business Center.

The rest of the center will contain space for locker rooms,

message areas and concessions.

Classes for corporate, church and other groups will focus on

developing trust, sharpening communication skills, overcoming

fears and improving problem-solving skills among members.

The Rains say they have not yet set the prices for their

classes, but they tentatively plan to offer rock-climbing

practice sessions to experienced climbers for $8 a day. The

couple also tentatively plans to rent rock-climbing gear for $5 a


In addition, they plan to sell a variety of T-shirts, key

chains, sunglasses and other paraphernalia. …

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