Friday evening July 8, the Polka Dot Jersey bike shop in Leschi celebrated its five-year anniversary. Polka Dot is located just a few doors north of a Starbucks that is a popular starting point for many weekend group rides.
Previous bike shops in Leschi included Il Vecchio which closed in 2009 and Triumph Multi-Sport which closed in 2010.
Bike retail (all retail?) is a brutal business and I asked president Matt Telmosse about the factors that have made five years possible. He said: “moronic persistence and a focus on service.” Despite their relatively out-of-the way-location (unless you are meeting a group ride) I know several folks who are devotees. Whatever they are doing, it’s working.
Here’s to five more years!