While doing research for our March issue (on newsstands now), we saw a trend among bicycle shops in the U.S.—quite a few are also operating as full-service cafés. It turns out fresh-pressed juice or a glass of vino keeps customers coming back for more. Here are two hybrid shops worth noting.
Brooklyn, New York
The shop: This aptly named shop, founded by Deborah Capone and Nicole Bilu, contains a juice bar, a bicycle mechanic shop, and retail space.
The story: The business-savvy moms saw the prime Prospect Park–adjacent location and realized the need for a family-friendly bike shop that provides rentals for an active afternoon in the park.
The goods: You’ll find both children’s and adults’ bicycles for rent or purchase, a backyard garden (where they grow herbs for juicing), and fresh juice.
154 Prospect Park Southwest, 718-871-7500, juicepedalernyc.com.
Dutch Bike Co.
The Shop: The company’s motto—“Bicycles, Coffee, Beer, & Wine”—sums it up nicely.
The Story: David Schmidt and Julie Kloss wanted to bring European-style bicycles to the American market. But once customers bought a high-end bike, they had little reason to revisit the store. Now the shop, in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, has a full menu, which includes Julie’s pastries and sandwiches.
The Goods: Visit if you need a tune-up or are in the market for a European city bike model like Gazelle or Workcycles.
4741 Ballard Avenue Northwest, 206-789-1678, dutchbikeco.com.
Kristen Flanagan is an Associate Editor at Martha Stewart Living. When she’s not spoiling her puppy Millie, she’s finding ways to decorate her tiny one-bedroom apartment. Follow her on Pinterest @kflan85.