Brother-in-laws open The Safe House

Safe House

The Safe House, located at 212 Hwy. 210, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information, contact them at 910-353-3177 or; or visit or

MJ Vieweg
Published: Saturday, July 6, 2013 at 03:27 PM.

Hunters, MARSOC marines, elite athletes and military gear enthusiasts will find a home at The Safe House. The store, located on N.C. 210 in Sneads Ferry, is owned by two brothers-in-law, John Grise and Monroe “Stu” Stueber. Each man has a different background: Grise brings more than 25 years of retail experience to the venture, and Stueber offers 26 years of experience as an active duty reconnaissance marine.

Working as a team, the two complement each other business-wise.

“Stu knows the gear and I know how to sell it,” Grise said.

The store stocks specialized boots and clothing, rucksacks, sunglasses and athletic and exertion recovery gear and aids. The brand names will be well-known to anyone familiar with high level athletic or survival training.

Tactical gear is designed for certain environments and purposes. Many times taking the gear into those environments or using the gear for the purpose it was developed can foster ideas for improvements or enhancements. Stueber recognizes this and offers consultations for bringing those ideas to fruition.

“I have experience with this kind of equipment at a level that is different from that of an average pro shop,” he said.

Beyond selling tactical gear and consulting on customization, Stueber has a vision for the store which speaks to its name. A ‘safe house’ is a sanctuary of sorts and what Stueber wants people to know is that it is a safe place to come to and talk. Stueber welcomes anyone into the shop. He anticipates that young Marines will find their way in not only to check out the gear but maybe eventually to start a conversation about their experiences with one of their own whose perspective and experience may be of value. He hopes to see those from a civilian background come in as well if they are interested or curious about the merchandise, MARSOC way of life and even life after military service.

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