I just want my local shop to stay open til 7 so I can stop and order parts by on the way home. Maybe beer service would provide enough late customers for them to stay open later.
This from BikePortland:
Today's Wall Street Journal featured a story on the growing national trend of bike shops becoming community gathering places. We've seen this phenomenon occur locally for years now, especially in the success of VeloCult, so it's great to see that it's catching on around the country. The WSJ reported that a National Bicycle Dealers Association survey of 4,000 establishments found that 12% have coffee bars, 11% offer spinning classes and almost 5% serve beer.
Speaking of beer...
Western Bike Works now offers beer, outdoor seating
Western Bike Works at NW 17th and Lovejoy has recently started offering a full beer selection at their in-store Corsa Cafe. The shop has also converted a few parking spaces in front of their store into outdoor customer seating, complete with flowerbeds and a sun umbrella. Inside the shop you'll find couches, tables, and a cafe serving baked goods, beer, and a full coffee selection.