The Urban Commuter operates under the mantra “Thoughtful Motion,” meaning it gets travelers moving in a manner that is both environmentally friendly and economically sound. The shop specializes in various modes of mindful transportation, including gas- and electric-powered scooters and bicycles. When visitors stop by with a broken scooter, or a bike that has slipped into a chain coma, the shop’s technicians can deliver full-service maintenance, repairs, and several different levels of tune-ups. For do-it-yourselfers, The Urban Commuter also carries a plethora of parts and accessories.
At Wheel Fun Rentals, visitors can traverse surrounding areas in fun paddle- and pedal-propelled vessels while soaking in oft-overlooked scenery, which would not be possible while buckled to a car seat or an Acme rocket. Established in 1999, Wheel Fun Rentals provides locals and tourists with an engaging way to sightsee while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Customers can rent a wide range of vehicles, such as a paddleboat ($15 per hour), surrey ($20–$30 per hour), scooter ($5 per hour), or kayak ($15 per hour) to traverse the verdant nature trails of Encanto Park or the glittering lake and bustling recreational center of Kiwanis Park.
Today’s Patio carries a vast assortment of outdoor furniture, accessories, patio umbrellas, and seasonal items to properly festoon yards and porches. Cover-needy customers can shade themselves with a 9’ sesame market umbrella ($199), or swathe sun drenched seats with a 54” round table & chairs cover ($77.99), providing loving protection from the elements and clever covering from nearsighted thieving yetis. Utilizing gears, motors, and dozens of electronic sundials, the double faced hanging wall clock ($189) helps homeowners stay abreast of the time and ensures avian youth homes never miss a worm loaf Thursday meal again.
At Bicycle Ranch, guests will find a staff of experienced bike mechanics and a fleet of top-of-the-line road bikes, mountain bikes, and biking gear. One thing they won't find, though is sales pressure; the shop's staff is way too busy making sure customers are enjoying themselves––preferably by swapping a good ride story over a cup of coffee––to waste time on cheap selling tactics.
That commitment to customer service is exactly what made current owners Markus Zimmer and Andy Peshek buy the business in the first place. Both had been loyal customers under the original owner and took it upon themselves to safeguard the same level of customer appreciation for the next generation of bike enthusiasts. Their expert staff includes fitting specialist Chris Pulleyn, whose work helped win the shop recognition in Triathlete Magazine as one of the country's best bike fitters. In addition to fittings, tune-ups, and repairs, the staff hosts monthly maintenance clinics that teach cyclists how to change flat tires, perform minor adjustments, and explain to their training wheels that they need to move on.
Tuesday and Thursday nights, Bicycle Ranch also leads cycling treks around the city with separate rides for road and mountain bikes. Saturday mornings welcome riders to pedal alongside others of the same experience level, with all groups reconvening at the shop for coffee afterwards.