July 14, 2009

I Dig Small, Local Shops

Filed under: Meeting Marketers — Robert John Ed @ 12:36 am

Literally about as far from my house as possible on my new bike loop (which, consequently, consists of Calhoun, Harriet, Nokomis and Lake of the Isles) I got a wicked flat tire.  I rode the flat (or the rim) back to my place about five miles and on my way up to a bike shop near Lyndale, noticed a small bike shop that happens to serve coffee on 34th.  This is about a block from my current residence.

After stopping in, the owner said he could fix it in about ten minutes if I wanted to walk to my place and grab my wallet.  Done and done.  I’d link to his biz, but can’t find an online representation.  Note, small business owners, it doesn’t cost you a dime to get some sort of presence on the internet.  It takes a few hours and a little initiative.

Anyway, he did really good, fast work and was two minutes away.  I love hyper-local MPLS and how most anything you need is right around the corner.



  1. While this might not be the shop, from the sounds of it you stopped by Cars R Coffins. They actually have a decent interwebz presence. Enjoy.

    Comment by Mykel — July 14, 2009 @ 4:22 am

  2. Mykel, thanks for stopping by, I’m not positive this is the same shop, the one outside my place has a “Coffee” sign on top with a wheel? It could potentially be the same but I’m thinking not. The address looks similar though, so potentially?

    Comment by Robert John Ed — July 15, 2009 @ 1:15 am


    Founded in 1994, Cars-R-Coffins is a Minneapolis, MN based bicycle apparel brand featuring t-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, and other soft goods. Cars-R-Coffins gear is known by its distinctive logo consisting of a coffin with 4 wheels, inverted cross, and a license plate with the number 666.

    Over the course of its history, Cars-R-Coffins has become an integral part of local Minneapolis punk-bike culture.

    On Saturday February 4, 2006, Hurl Everstone, CRC Founder, opened CRC Coffee Bar at 34th Street and Lyndale Avenue South in Minneapolis (CARAG neighborhood).

    Comment by mykel — July 15, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  4. That IS the place. Thanks for the heads up Mykel. Funky spelling btw. I didn’t know that there was a punk-bike culture here in MPLS, luls.

    Comment by Robert John Ed — July 16, 2009 @ 12:46 am

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