Featured Business: Kinetic Cycles
You can find chain stores all over America, including right here in Arden Arcade. And that's fine: they sell products people need or want, they provide local employment and they produce tax revenue. But the most important stores in a community are not chains, they are the stores that are owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. These stores make a community special, different from other places, because of their one-of-a-kind nature. Often, these stores get veryinvolved with the local community, perhaps through personalized customer service, event sponsorship and the like. A local bike shop (LBS) is an example of such a local business-- every community should have at least one. Arden Arcade used to have two--the Schwinn shop on Watt near Marconi and MadCat in Town and Country Village. (To be clear, we are happy to recommend Performance Bicycle on Howe near Panera, but it is is part of a corporate network of over 100 stores in 20 states, i.e. not a LBS) Once our LBSes closed, Arden Arcade was left without a LBS until Kinetic Cycles opened in Arden Town Center in 2014. The story is that owner Bruce Kaiser got into the bicycle business several years ago at the urging of his son, Cody, who eventually grew up to be one of the foremost cyclecross bike racers in the country. Cody's ability to ride his cross bike up the stairs at the nationals was captured on You Tube and became something of an internet sensation. If you are shopping for a bike or bike stuff, if your bike needs service, if you want to join one of their group bike rides, or if you are just looking for a smile from nationally-ranked pro cyclist, drop in on Kinetic Cycles in Arden Town between Plan B and the Golden 1 Credit Union. It is Arden Arcade's Local Bike Shop.