Hub and Bespoke, a clothing and accessories shop for men and women who ride bicycles, has closed their storefront N 36th Street. Situated between High Dive and Red Star Taco Bar the storefront stands out with a bold painted exterior including a baby blue bicycle. The company encourages cyclists to “Bike Your Style” and often had a cheerful (actual) bike with a basket full of flowers out front.
Hub and Bespoke initially announced the closure on their blog and held a fixture sale in mid-January. The storefront is now vacant and available for lease through Yates Wood Brokerage and Property Management. The owners, Juliette and Aldan, will maintain the Hub and Bespoke online store and begin to pursue new designs as well. They discuss the brand’s future focus on their blog:
While the storefront focused on both men and women, Hub and Bespoke’s original mission was to serve the female rider, enticing her to consider using her bicycle for urban transportation. For her, there are still many unmet needs for apparel that offers function on the bike + suitability for an urban destination.
Building on the successful design and production of the Women’s Riding Coat, we will be focusing our time and energy on producing and marketing our own designs, primarily for the female bike commuter.
Gay and lesbian cyclists looking for a date will have a chance to meet other bike lovers on Tuesday, October 4th.
Fremont cycle boutique, Hub and Bespoke, will host the second “Slow Ride Speed Date” event for local singles. Participants will pair up for 3-minute bike rides on a pre-set path through the Fremont neighborhood.
Riders will note the individuals they are interested in on provided booklets, and Hub and Bespoke will later notify each person of any matches.
“There were several matches and everyone said they had a great time. We’re excited to do it again, this time for our gay and lesbian friends.”
Shank says the event offers bike-riding singles a chance to meet people with similar interests and values.
Anyone interested in participating should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spots are limited, and a bike is required. The event will start at 5:45pm at the Hub and Bespoke shop (513 N 36th St) and will conclude with a friendly mixer at a neighborhood venue. More details available on the Hub and Bespoke blog.
In cities around the globe, artists, activists and citizens will temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public parks and other social spaces, as part of an annual event called “PARK(ing) Day.”
Originally invented in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco-based art and design studio, PARK(ing) Day challenges people to rethink the way streets are used and reinforces the need for broad-based changes to urban infrastructure. “In urban centers around the world, inexpensive curbside parking results in increased traffic, wasted fuel and more pollution,” says Rebar’s Matthew Passmore. “The planning strategies that generated these conditions are not sustainable, nor do they promote a healthy, vibrant human habitat. PARK(ing) Day is about re-imagining the possibilities of the urban landscape.”
Fremont retailers Bitters Co. and Hub and Bespoke will co-host a parking spot on Evanston at N 36th Street. The spot will feature furniture, carpets, and other creature comforts from Bitters Co., while Hub and Bespoke will serve up fruit slushies blended using pedal power.
PARK(ing) Day 2010 included more than 800 “PARK” installations in more than 180 cities in 30 countries on six continents. More information regarding local PARK(ing) Day activities can be found at feetfirst.info/events/park-ing-day and a global map of all participating cities are available on the PARK(ing) Day website, at parkingday.org.
Well Renee is from the Bay Area but she’s always been drawn to Fremont and I’ve been around Fremont a lot, almost my whole life. My mom lives about two blocks up the street and we just kind of like the eclectic-ness of it. Also, the business community is really great. We have the best chamber of commerce ever and Jessica [Vets, Executive Director] that runs the chamber is great. It’s just really homey here. [Renee]: They all walk around and say ‘hi Pie lady’ you know? It’s just a great group, I love the feel here.
If you happen to notice an influx of English, Irish, Welsh and Scottish accents in Fremont over the course of the next 6-12 months, you can probably thank the BBC for it’s story on Fremont that’s currently featured on their homepage.
This neighbourhood, less than five miles north of the heart of downtown Seattle, continues its legacy of public art, everyday weirdness, and off-the-wall-events inclined towards nudity and costumes. Yet its popularity, soaring rent prices, new luxury condos, and inundation of high tech company offices have transformed it into something a tad different than its tie-dyed forefathers and mothers anticipated.
They also name-check the Fremont Sunday Market, Hub and Bespoke, Flying Apron Bakery, Uneeda Burger, Brouwer’s Cafe, ETG Cafe and hey, this blog! The post itself comes courtesy of Lonely Planet, though with all of the Brits currently planning to visit us now, I don’t think we’ll be too lonely in our own little universe for long.