Daughters of Base Camp owners will take over the business

Billings Gazette

When Base Camp owner Scott Brown announced in April he was selling his two outdoor equipment stores, there was some uncertainly about what would happen to the business.

On Monday, Brown said Base Camp will stay in the family. His two daughters, Cody Brown and Lauren Brown, are taking over.

“So, I guess I’ll be working in the stores for the rest of my life,” he joked.

The two women said they grew up in the two stores, one at 1730 Grand Avenue in Billings and the other in downtown Helena.

“We hold fond memories of childhood adventures in both stores, from playing beneath the stairs at the original Helena store to witnessing the Billings location transform from a maroon and pink bridal store into an earthy outdoor specialty haven,” the sisters said in a statement.

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“Our fortunate upbringing revolved around an outdoor lifestyle, complete with river trips, ski and camping adventures, and, of course, access to incredible gear,” they said.

Brown said he was contacted by five or six serious potential buyers.

“We wanted to find a buyer who would keep the stores open, and keep the staff,” Brown

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