Tampa Bike Shop Opens New Location On Downtown Riverwalk

City Bike Tampa recently opened its second location on the Riverwalk at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina. Their first location, at 212 E. Cass Street, opened less than a year ago.

When asked what the secret of their success is, owner Kellie Cyr says she and her husband Jason didn't do it alone. "It's been a lot of work but we've had a lot of support from our community like the downtown Partnership and the chamber — organizations like that."

The business is a full -service specialty bicycle shop focused on rentals, tours, sales and service that targets cyclists and those looking to explore bicycling as a new part of their active lifestyle.

The couple acquired the small space from the Marriott and put up their own fencing around the 10-by-20-foot rental hut. A friend contributed artwork.

"We just love the area," says Cyr. "We believe in the different things that Tampa is trying to do here like the light rail. We live here as well as run our businesses here in downtown and love the urban life. We have no family here but we love the people and feel rooted anyway. And, of course, the weather is beautiful."

The grand opening celebration coincided with the city's annual International Dragon Boat Races, which the business participated in as part of the TIBA (Tampa Independent Business Alliance) team.

Writer: Missy Kavanaugh
Source: Kellie Cyr, City Bike Tampa

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