Our quest to open a brick and mortar store is by no means a easy or quick one. We’ve been exploring options for crowd funding campaign perks, writing, and re-writing our business plan as well as inventory lists.
Keeping up with the blog and trying to work full time jobs on top of it is also quite the chore, but it’s all a labor of love. This week we’ve taken a look at our very first retail space. 900 (plus an additional 900 of storage) of beautiful square footage! It helps make the dream seem more real. The space we looked at is located in very popular neighborhood near coffee shops, mom & pop shops, restaurants, and a popular outdoor destination for Madison in the summertime.
It was thrilling to even see a space like that in real life. It’s still a ways off, but it’s helping us put a grasp on how much space we can work with vs. what we dreamed up in our heads with the business plan. While having a sprawling 2,000 square feet of floor space would be fantastic, it’s a little over kill and not very budget friendly. Especially when you tack on possible taxes as well as utilities.
Our ideal location will be somewhere on the near west side of the city. We want to bridge the gap between the downtown bike shops and the far west ones. A neighborhood haunt and reliable pit stop for commuters heading to or from work.
Check out some of the photos below! Cute right?! We’re keeping our eyes open as spring is when most retails spots need to decide if they are renewing or not. It’ll be a fun next few months scouring the city for what may be our future home!
I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation. This past year has been amazing. We’ve thrown the first ever CycloFemme event in Madison, we’ve met a number of awesome people in this wonderful city, and we’ve been a part of some great events such as Choose to Commute and the Wisconsin Bike Summit.
It’s not often that people get to actually go after something they’ve dreamed of doing. Many people think it’s too risky or unlikely that things will turn out well. If anything, this past year has shown that doing something you love or dream of is the best thing you can do for yourself.
I want to thank all of our friends, new and old who have listened to us talk about our future business plans or the website. I want to thank all the awesome bike industry folks who have helped us while taking our small business course through UW-Madison and helping us write our business plan.
Thanks to all the folks who work so hard and advocate for cycling. Cycling has change my life, more so than almost anything else has. I’ve made a career out of it and feel like it’s such a positive thing for people to participate in. Cyclists tend to be really great people and a tight knit community.
Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to check out the blog or has attended any of the events we’ve promoted. We’ll be calling on you in the not too distant future to help make our dreams a reality.
Myself and Keri would both really like to create a shop and community space where cyclists new and old can feel comfortable. We want to be a resource for people and harbor a really welcoming space for people to learn about alternative transport and cycling in general. Not going to lie, we want to be very women friendly, but that doesn’t mean we’ll exclude men…just making sure we give a little extra love to our own kind 😉
We want to be active in advocacy and help be the voice for folks who are looking to create safer streets and better ways for people to get to point a to point b. Cycling is fun and somewhere along the line we think shops and the industry has sort of forgotten that. Let’s focus more about making cycling fun again and open to everyone, not just those who count grams on their components.
There’s no shortage of awesome companies, creating great products. Even more so, companies based right here in our own backyard. We want to show them love the most!
2014 is going to be a big year for us. We hope everyone wants to come along for the ride and thank you to everyone who has been supporting us and believing in us every step of the way.
We’re continuing to work out the details of our business plan and getting it ready to present to a few choice individuals as well as some small business associations and banks. We’re starting to look at some retail space around town to get an idea of how much space we can work with and what location would best suite our needs.
Events will be coming around the corner soon. We will be hosting CycloFemme again this year and want to do something really special for it. Some pop up shops may be happening with some awesome sister businesses and we hope to have a presence at the Ride the Drive events this year as well. Heck, you may see us out on the bike path with coffee and treats…we’ll do anything to chat people up about the business!