For me, the most important aspect of a bike shop is the service. Getting competent, polite, quick service? That's a good bike shop in my book, North Side, West Side or South Side.
Some sort of x-factor. A smiling, try-hard, can-do attitude with no BS, cheese, and lies. The kind of place I tell people about and say, now THAT'S a bike shop, they will take care of you there. Deck the place out in cool, punky stuff like mannequins with fishbowls in their heads and The Clash playing over the sound system. Free water and baskets of food when you open, like a big party, with a website and blog to update us on sales or new things you have rolling. And keep it going - don't be cool for like a month and then suddenly morph into a lame place with bad vibes. I think it would be cool to have a frequent buyer or frequent shopper program where we buy 5 tune-ups, get the 6th free or something. I don't like shag carpet. Do NOT have pets in the store - they are unattractive sometimes when you are in a place of business. I do not need my entire shopping experience narrated, so don't follow people around saying "those are great" when I look at something (there is a bike shop that does this, no names, it annoys me). I think it would be really cool to have a natural setting like a park out front with a place to sit and talk, like tables with chairs and stuff where we could relax and watch nature.
Holy *(&^, you're opening up in B'port? FINALLY!! I moved to B'port and feel like I'm in another country, there are a few riders down there but absolutely no LBS. It'll be great to welcome you! What coordinates are you looking at? You may be able to snag some tax incentives too. Send me a message offline.
Wow, an LBS by me! This is exciting!
Welcome to the hood Todd. Bridgeport truley fills like the land that time forgot, but I wouldn't live any where else.
Owen good luck with your bike shop venture. As far as to what I'd like to see well Boulevard Bikes is one of my favorite shops. Fast friendly service and approachable staff who doesnt make me fill like an idiot when I ask stupid questions.
Oh, and really I would agree with all the posts below. I NEVER go to Kozy's any longer due to their snobbery. I can't stand it.
olloyd1 said:The certainly looks to be the space, and there is already one of those city maintained mini gardens. Now you have me thinking, this could be dangerous . . .
...space with ornate benches on Oakley at 24th place in front of an old funeral home which approximates what I'd like to see at 32nd/Halsted.