“Bikes bring people closer to their local surroundings. It means more open space, more interest in local shops, new expecations — and certainly a new sense of style and function.”
When good people say smart things and then make a beautiful item of clothing to go along with it we can’t help but get on board. And that’s exactly what Cleverhood is doing- pairing the best intentions with high quality, fashionable, useful products. You can check out the Cleverhood rain cape any day you please in Heritage’s retail room but now you can also enter to win one by visiting Heritage in the rain. Not only do you gain shelter from the storm, but if you visit us during an April shower you will be entered in a raffle to win one of these lovely capes. April showers bring May with you in a Cleverhood rain cape.
And, what with the spring hailing warmer weather (we swear it is coming!) we are ushering in our summer hours. Time to get back out there in the early morning light with the puppy and the baby or the briefcase and the laptop and join us for your first coffee at 7am! For those keeping the buzz going all night long we will have our doors open and the coffee brewing until 8pm. Cold brew will also be on tap all day every day starting this weekend, so get excited!
It’s springtime (sort of- almost-maybe?) and that means many of us are just about to stretch and prepare to venture out of our dark, cold, Chicago winter caves. If that describes you to a T, let us catch you up on what’s been going on here at Heritage, a place where even blizzards don’t shorten our work week.
First, we had the honor (the weak-at-the-knees-but-keeping-it-together-cause-being-too-excited-is-dorky) thrill to be written up in Martha Stewart Magazine last month. It was pretty sweet when Martha’s people came to the shop for a photoshoot and interview and then a few months later we are picking up the magazine to see our story in print. Another bragging moment, Basil Hayden highlighted us in the pages of GQ- we can’t help but get excited when our bikes & coffee pop up in magazine spreads.
Aside from all that fancy stuff, we are also expanding our products and the ways in which they are available to you good people! So we have, in the Littles Shop, a new toy called the Heritage Littles Teepee, which is not only super fun but also a recycled product made by hand out of burlap Stumptown coffee bags. A beautiful addition to your already very hip toddler’s bedroom, playroom, or living room (Let’s admit, they already took over that space too).
Another new ease, is that you can book your bike services online. And as a bonus, when you visit the website and sign yourself up for any type of fix-it on your bicycle, we will offer you a discount on those services. So you get the two-fold convenience of shopping from home and paying less. (Your welcome).
We have also dipped our toes into custom branding. Not only is it neat that your company might buy our bikes and then let you ride them gratis, but it’s also pretty awesome that if you book the deal between Heritage and your company, you get a kickback. You are officially hired to work for Heritage Bicycles on commission. Welcome to the team! So now you know what has happened already.
Let’s talk about what is happening soon.
Join us on Thursday, March 28th, at 7:30pm for a musical Heritage night. John Greenfield will be here singing and playing spoof classics about Jean-Paul Sartre meeting Simone deBeauvoir, and having mad crushes on girls who work as bike messengers. Bring a beer (or 12) and enjoy the ambiance and the fact that soon we will be doing things outdoors again.
Stumptown’s very own Mike Horgan will be at the shop hosting a coffee cupping and tasting on Friday, March 29th at 11am. Bring your friends and family, get ultra-caffeinated, throw around phrases like “earthy juicy molasses mouth feel,” and spit coffee grounds in a cup. Honestly, we think it’s super fun and there won’t be any turned up noses.
Finally, the People Spot (That sweet little park the City put out in front of our shop last summer) will be returning to us in the beginning of April! You will be happy drinking coffee outside, your dogs will be happy sitting with you while you drink coffee outside and we will be happy watching you drink our coffee outside. It’s a win-win-win.
Watch for our spring drink specials, which will also be coming in April, along with the re-institution of the Cold Brew on tap. We’re not sure anyone has missed that as much as Melissa Salvatore, but we are gearing up to find out.
We know that what you really want for Valentine’s Day is to ride off on a Heritage Daisy - Legacy Edition. Cause not only do you want to be on top of the freshest Heritage trends but you’re also doing a lot of romantic rides on the beach these days.
Let’s say, though, that we guessed wrong, and you’re looking for something a little more grab-n-go- stop in the shop this February the 14th to pick up some Mast Brothers Chocolate (we highly recommend the Stumptown bar!), or an impeccably arranged bouquet of sustainably grown flowers by Field and Florist. Dust off that good suit, iron your bowtie, and come home with a bag of Indonesian Peaberry, a Yakkay helmet, a Stumptown cold brew bottle, or a sweet selection of Southport Grocery cupcakes. We are here to help you woo your girl, impress your cubicle partner, and make your mom remember how cute you were as a baby.
Heritage is fail-proof this Valentine’s.
When choosing a way to celebrate our first anniversary, the traditional gift of paper didn’t seem good enough for all of you who have supported us this year. Giving away a bike- yeah, that’s more like it.
For every $10 you spend in-store at Heritage between January 1st and January 26th on anything from the cafe, retail space, or bike room you will receive a raffle ticket towards a Heritage bicycle. The more you spend, the more chances you will have to ride out of our shop on your new wheels. We will be picking the winner Saturday, January 26th at our 1-year party! The winner can choose between our standard Chief or Daisy model.
Come on in, ask us about the details and let’s start this new year off right.
(Any upgrades or customizations are not included)