Many years ago I started this BikeShopGirl.com to empower women in cycling. Empower women to ride bikes, fix bikes and maybe even work in this glorious bike industry. Not to change how we ride, fix or work. I’m happy to see the work of Always, Shelly Sandberg and others taking center stage. I live like a girl because I am a girl and I would never want to change that.
There a notion, that may seem a bit crazy, that a a company or brand may do something solely to spread the love they have for their passions. A great example of this kind of notion is the Banjo Brothers Tiny Bike Shop Concert Series. What does this have to do about bike bags? Not much. Yet, it may have to do with banjos, bike shops and bringing together like minded people, hopefully like minded people on bikes.
During the past month of mad scrambles to get presents and my new routine of walking the streets of Boulder, Colorado, past boutique’s and chains I have become jaded.
I believe my feelings changed around the time American Express started pushing “Small Business Saturday” the day after Black Friday several years ago. If you really are a small business owner, there is a chance you don’t even accept American Express because of the raised fee’s the card brings. Small Business Saturday should be sponsored by the US Treasury to promote the exchange of paper bills and metal coins, not plastic that costs the small business more margin (think 3% of the maybe 30% that the merchant may be netting.)
Back to my original thoughts.
I’m a proud gold card carrying Starbucks customer. Daily, I walk past many cute little coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado, on my way to the office in the morning. I have tried three over the past month, a couple of them numerous times, and it has been a 50/50 split of leaving with happiness. Maybe I have high expectations but to me a local business should deliver me an equal, or maybe even better, experience of the chain next store. I’ll happily pay a bit more for this. The coffee should taste equal or better, the atmosphere should be welcoming.
Here have been my experiences at these local coffee shops
- My credit card was accidentally charged twice
- My drink order was forgotten
- The staff treated me like I didn’t belong (no smile, no exchange of pleasantries)
- Twice, I have walked away with an amazing cup of coffee but all other times my Keurig produces equal quality
Get to the point
This venting is not to ridicule the local coffee houses of Boulder but to prove a point that buying local does not mean that you should be settling.
There have been many comments over the years when I link to JensonUSA or any online retailer to buy a product that I’m not showing love for local bike shops. While I have the softest place in my heart saved for local bike shops with out the name “Trek” or “Giant” in their name, I also have a higher level of standards for these shops. Being a local bike shop does not mean you have arrogance about you, your mechanics are too good for hybrids and your bathrooms reek. Being a local shop means you need to be better, work longer hours, and have higher standards. If you can’t deliver that, then I will take my money elsewhere and recommend for others to go somewhere I know they will be treated well like REI or JensonUSA.
As the world of consumerism changes, I don’t believe Amazon is the devil or the end of local businesses. I believe local businesses need to step up the service, the quality and they will be happily rewarded.
A shop in Richmond, VA is taking a stand on safety by pulling on the heart strings of drivers.
Carytown Bicycle currently has a run of jersey’s with the tagline line “I am Someone’s Somebody” for dad’s, mom’s, daughter’s and son’s. The hope is that as we are passed by automobiles the driver’s remember that we are human and an injury or death will matter.
View more or order online at Carytown Bicycle Company.
2013 BRAC Women’s Summit
“2013 – The Year of the Cycling Woman”
October 1, 2013 * 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Prestige Imports and the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project/Naked Women’s Racing
9201 W Colfax Avenue * Lakewood, CO 80215
6:30 Get to know each other / Appetizers / Social time
7:00 Review and Comment – 2013 BRAC Women’s Program
o Women’s Racing Camp
o Women’s Cross Camp
o Senior Women 4 Mentoring Events
o Record Race Participation w/data from road, track and cross season
7:30 Panel discussions with Colorado Women’s Team Leaders and Racing Stakeholders
o Stakeholders tbd.
8:15 Questions for Future
o How do we build on this momentum in the women’s community?
o What can BRAC do to foster a stronger support system for women racers?
o Call for Suggestions: what other women’s programs do you what to see BRAC offer?
9:00 Open Discussion
Does anyone else notice a glaring problem in this ad posted on Bicycle Retailer currently?
As Summer winds down you should still have Summer Soft Goods displayed.
Even though it’s still hot outside, your fall apparel is arriving. Now is the time to get the fall apparel on those new wood hangers, get your customers thinking about Fall riding and staying warm doing it. Create a focal point that shows off the new Fall styles. You can use your entrance flat table area to start the process. Dress up a ¾ torso mannequin in Fall styles, display warm gloves, socks, and long sleeve jerseys or jackets. You can do any number of display renderings in multiple areas to send the message it’s time to start thinking Fall apparel. It’s also time to start filling your floor fixtures with warmers, long finger gloves, warm socks, booties, and head wear.
Here are two basic examples of a Fall flat table display, and an accessory cart with warmers, head wear, and booties ready for Fall.
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Ladies, you have an even bigger reason to head to Las Vegas later this month. Lazer Sport has made it so women are receiving equal payout at the 2013 Cross Vegas race. Now ladies, support the race and sponsor that has allowed this to happen!
Lazer has stepped up their annual participation at Clif® Bar Cross Vegas with sponsorship of the Elite Women’s race. This support equalizes the Elite Women’s and Men’s prize list with over $8,700 across 30 places.
Learn more about Cross Vegas.