SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A new bike shop is now open in downtown Springfield, just in time for the warm weather.
Cycle Logical has been open since April 1 but the owner is still as thrilled about it as he was on opening day and he’s not the only one excited about being in business on Main Street.
The push to revitalize downtown Springfield continues and the shop is helping the city pedal towards that goal.
“Realizing that there’s so much of a change down here so, to be a part of it is actually a really good feeling,” said Toby Aarnes, owner of Cycle Logical.
He has the shop logo tattoed on his arm and he’s hoping Cycle Logical’s stay is permanent.
“I feel like this is going to be a great location and you know, be a successful business. It’ll be here for years as a part of this community,” said Aarnes.
When he first opened up shop, he didn’t think the city would be so supportive of the new business.
“I didn’t really expect much at all and it wasn’t something I thought about before but having interacted with all the people have been a good experience,” he said.
“It’s just incredible to have it down here. There are a lot of bikers in downtown Springfield so I think it’s a great fit,” said Niel Laudati, spokesman for the city of Springfield.
Springfield says this shop adds variety to the types of stores downtown, which shows the revamp is heading in the right direction.
“We continue to see business owners take a risk and put something downtown that maybe we’ve never had before and we’ve seen a lot of success with different types of restaurants and then this bike shop,” said Laudati.
Aarnes thinks his little bike shop is adding to the big picture of Springfield.
“I think it’s going to be a huge benefit to the community,” said Aarnes.
The city says downtown has a lot of bikers so it thinks the shop is an excellent fit for its growth.
The Springfield Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon cutting for the store on May 15 at 10 a.m.