Local business is moving, but sticking with the village

26 Jul

The bad news is, Mac 5 Bikes is moving from its Webster Village location at the corner of East Main Street and Lapham Park. The good news is, they’re only moving about 100 yards down the street.

Even better yet, the new place is more than twice the size of the old one.

Mac 5 Bikes’ owner Chris Makowski told me that he and his wife had been looking for a larger place for almost a year, and came a hair’s breadth from signing a contract in one of the nearby plazas. But ultimately they decided “we’d rather stay in the village. It’s a more hometown, family atmosphere” than being located next to a Starbucks, he said.  Plus, “Our true customers wouldn’t ride to a shopping plaza.”

The new storefront, located at 37 East Main Street, is more than 5,000 square feet, more than double the floor space they have now. That will allow them to get all of their inventory out of the warehouse and on display, or at least stored on the second floor, where it will be much more accessible.

Chris added that they’re even thinking about using that second floor space for spin classes in the future.

But what’s really cool about the new place is that it’s historic.  According to the Town Historian, the building dates to around 1888, and was originally a funeral home. It still has some very neat old features including an antique in-wall safe and a 1940s-era pully-and-rope-operated elevator. Chris said they hope to eventually restore the building to the way it looked more than a century ago.

But for now, they’re just focused on putting some final details on the new place and opening the doors to the bike-riding public, hopefully by the third week in July.

A side-by-side comparison of 37 East Main in 1960 and today.
What the building looked like circa 1890

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