Hamtramck is getting a bike shop, and it's a great one.
Wheelhouse Detroit announced today that they'll be opening up a second retail location in May. Its first location, open since 2008, is on Detroit's Riverfront.
The new store will be located at 9401 Joseph Campau at Florian Street in Hamtramck.
"The new, larger store will have 2,600 square feet of space to showcase bicycles, accessories, and activewear," says owner Kelli Kavanaugh. "It will highlight brands that are made in the USA and feature products that are unavailable elsewhere in the metro Detroit region."
Wheelhouse is working with numerous local businesses on the expansion, including Christian-Hurttienne Architects; building owner John Grossi of Amicci’s Pizza; neon designer Signifier Signs; apparel-maker William+Bonnie; and web designer The Work Department. The growth is made possible with the assistance of Invest Detroit’s Urban Retail Loan Fund and Technical Assistance Grant.
Wheelhouse will be Hamtramck’s only bike shop, and is located on the Inner Circle Greenway. The 26-mile pathway will encircle the city of Detroit while passing through Hamtramck, Highland Park, and a little bit of Dearborn.
Wheelhouse Detroit is the only female-owned bike shop in metro Detroit, and one of only a handful in the nation. Kavanaugh sits on the board of directors of the National Bicycle Dealers Association and serves as the ride director for Tour de Troit, which produces the state’s largest bike ride each September.
In 2015, Wheelhouse Detroit was named one of America’s best bike shops by the National Bicycle Dealers Association.
Wheelhouse not only sells and fixes bikes, but they provide rentals and offer tours, which include architecture, automotive heritage, Belle Isle, Corktown, Eastern Market, Hamtramck, Haunted Detroit, Music Heritage, Public Art, and Urban Agriculture.