Bike shop goes on the move

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March 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Daren Baldwin, manager of Iola’s bicycle shop, Velo+, sees cycling as a way to connect people. And he hopes the shop’s recent move to a downtown storefront will lead to more connections between the business, the local community and the entire cycling region from Kansas City to southeast Kansas and beyond.

“If we have a reputation that this is a safe place to ride your bike, people will come here,” Baldwin said. “And, in turn, they’re going to buy food at restaurants, they’re going to buy fuel from gas stations. A lot of them will go ride in the morning and explore the square in the afternoon. Those things pile up and it’s great for our economy.”

The short move to the square from their first location on South Washington Street already brings more traffic into the store, Baldwin said. He estimates the new shop at 17 E. Madison St., the former Town & Country store, attracts three to four times more visitors.

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