Getting By With a Little Help From Our Friends

It's hard to put into words just how much we appreciate the help of friends and family in getting this shop open and running.  Katharine and I have been pursuing a pretty aggressive timeline.  We signed our lease mid January, started work in early February and have been racing to prepare ourselves and our space for the last two months.  As hard as we have been working there is no way we could have gotten here without the help of our amazing friends and family,  This past week we once again leaned on our friends to get our bikes built from boxes.  Katharine and I haven't had the time to build the sixty or so bikes we ordered for the shop and with the opening date quickly approaching we reached out and got a incredible response.

 Multiple work stations are set up.

Multiple work stations are set up.

This morning our friend Kris Powell arrived from Michigan with an incredibly beautiful handmade service counter and cash wrap.  He wanted to do something for the shop and asked what would be helpful.  I asked if he could build our counters and he said sure!  We gave him a timeline and some rough dimensions and off he went.  They are incredible!  He sourced actual barn siding to front the counters from a neighboring barn which partially burnt down near his home.  It means so much to me that he built them by hand.  They match the space perfectly and the incorporation of reclaimed lumber mirrors our refurbishment of the space itself.

 Double parking on Penn.  These things were heavy. 

Double parking on Penn.  These things were heavy. 

 The design and craftsmanship were amazing.  The countertops are made of Oak and Maple tongue and groove flooring.

The design and craftsmanship were amazing.  The countertops are made of Oak and Maple tongue and groove flooring.

 Nail Guns = Fun

Nail Guns = Fun

 Finishing up.

Finishing up.

While we had Kris Here we put him to work building some more of our fixturing.  Luckily our friend Mary Heyne was also on hand to help.  We are building our own bike racks out of galvanized steel gas pipe.

 actual bikes hanging

actual bikes hanging

Keep posted.  The shop should really come together in the next few days!