Hometown Entrepreneur Is on the Rise
Things are looking up for Mike Taber '06, who is giving entrepreneurship a second try with a business dedicated to rock climbing in Oswego.
The Wall is billed as Central New York's first indoor climbing facility and Taber hopes to take it to the top.
"I'm hoping that it grows climbing in this area," said Taber, who took up the hobby as a student at Oswego. "I'm hoping that it provides Oswego residents with a place to get in shape and have fun while doing it."
Taber established his first business, a soda shop called Taste-Buds, shortly after graduating. It was open for about a year before he had to close the doors amid the economic recession. Not retreating on his dream, he concentrated on giving Oswego a place to climb.
The business administration major said his time at Oswego gave him the tools and courage needed to go in this direction.
"It gave me the skills to do basic principles, and [Taste-Buds] gave me a real world application," said Taber.
"There wasn't a climbing facility in this region," Taber said. He would often visit the Rochester area to climb indoors. "I was filling in that gap."
Along with climbing, Taber believes that The Wall will help other local businesses in his hometown of Oswego.
"Whether people are picking up a sandwich from a local eatery, or getting gas, or just shopping around, it brings in money that wouldn't necessarily be here," he said.
Taber has seen a positive response to The Wall since its opening in September.
"It changes people's perceptions of climbing," Taber said. "It's a safe facility. People have tons of fun and they are getting into climbing now."
— Erin Marulli '13
Mike Taber '06 recently opened Central New York's first indoor climbing facility in Oswego. (Photo by Jessica Bagdovitz/The Oswegonian)
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