Nate Glore opened his bike shop, Cycle Dynamics, in Arvada a year and a half ago with a focus on bicycle repair and maintenance. “That’s what’s going to keep a bike shop open,” Glore said. …
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WHAT: Small Business Saturday Kick-Off in Olde Town Square
WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 25
WHERE: Olde Town Square at 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard in Arvada
INFO: The first 100 people will receive a free breakfast from School House Kitchen and Libations and free lunch provided by Fuzzy’s Taco Shop for the first 100 to stop by at 11:30 a.m. There will also be free coffee from Hunter Bay Coffee Roasters and 5340 Coffee all day and the chance to register for prizes from The Barre Standard, Steuben’s Arvada, Apex Park and Recreation District, Harts Dancewear and Hilton Garden Inn Arvada. This event is sponsored by the Arvada Economic Development Association, Historic Olde Town Arvada, Arvada Urban Renewal, Arvada Chamber of Commerce and Arvada Visitors Center.
Nate Glore opened his bike shop, Cycle Dynamics, in Arvada a year and a half ago with a focus on bicycle repair and maintenance.
“That’s what’s going to keep a bike shop open,” Glore said. His shop does about 35 percent service work compared to the 10 percent that most bike shops do. “The best shops, the places you’re going to get the best attention, are always the smaller stores.”
Glore is one of 28.8 million small business owners in the United States gearing up for the holiday season. His shop will have sales on bikes and bike accessories starting after Thanksgiving.
According to the United States Small Business Administration, small businesses account for 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States and are responsible for 63 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years.
Karin Dukhert, owner and manager of Harts Dancewear, a specialty store for dancers and gymnasts, said being a small business owner allows her to fill a niche market.
“I love being a small business owner, especially in Arvada,” Dukhert said. “I enjoy being able to provide the community with something I felt it was lacking.”
Harts Dancewear recently moved about a half block west to 7703 Ralston Road.
“Small businesses create jobs, boost Arvada’s economy and preserve neighborhoods,” said Allison Trembly of the Arvada Economic Development Association. “Each purchase made in Arvada goes to pay for city services such as police, parks and street maintenance. Keeping the dollars in Arvada helps create and retain quality jobs.”
The Saturday after Thanksgiving — Nov. 25 — is known as Small Business Saturday and the The Arvada Chamber, the Arvada Visitors Center, the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) and Olde Town Arvada Business Improvement District are partnering in a promotion asking people to shop Arvada small businesses this holiday season, highlighting the national shopping holiday.
“In Arvada, 90 percent of businesses are small,” Trembly said. “We felt like this was the perfect campaign to jump on and say, `Now’s the time to support small business in Arvada on that day and all holiday season long.’”
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