I am very excited to announce that my wife, Leigh Ann, and I are opening Ottawa Bike and Trail on Main Street in Ottawa, Kansas! The shop will be located at the intersection of the Prairie Spirit Trail and the Flint Hills Nature Trail. These two rails-to-trails State Parks cover nearly 170 miles of trails through some of the most beautiful parts of Kansas.
Our shop will be an independently-owned, family bicycle shop. We will offer bicycle sales, rentals, and service. We will also offer tours and trail support to make it easier for people to experience the trails and area attractions. I hope to make the shop a welcoming gathering place for everyone. Ottawa Bike and Trail will be a welcoming gathering place for everyone featuring locally-roasted coffee, the latest trail information, and plenty of space to socialize, tell stories and have fun.
We would like to thank the city leaders and community members who have been extremely welcoming and encouraging as we put our plan together. Their focus on making Ottawa bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and their investments to make the city a destination for trail users, make Ottawa the perfect location for our business. The Onward Ottawa organization and the Legacy Square project are examples of how the city is looking to the future and making historic downtown Ottawa and connections to the trail system a priority.
The plan is to open the doors in early October. In the meantime, I’ll be sharing more about our vision for the shop in the days to come. I’ll also be doing some product giveaways and other special events as we get closer to opening.
Please check out our website and follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed.
It’s been a longtime dream of mine to have a place where I can share my passion and help more people discover the joy of cycling. I look forward to serving the community and being part of all of the amazing things happening in Ottawa.