Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Staff Tuesday: Dante

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. Are you as full as I am? My two brothers Maxxis and Pedro (who live in the upstairs of the Bike Shop) and I were given a very full bowl of kitty chow and we devoured every last bit of it. Yummy Yummy Yummy! Christy also left us treats in hiding places for us to find. I think I am still finding them around the upstairs area...Meow Meow...more treats for me!!!

With the Holiday weekend I was unable to write up the Weekly Items post this past Sunday. Meow Meow I know, I'm sorry! 
We had a Black Friday Sale and continued the sale through the weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday! This kept everyone including myself on our toes all weekend. With all the specials going on in the store this past weekend I also was not to sure as to what would be good items of the week to discuss. 

I promise I'll be back to my normal kitty blogging ways next Sunday! 

MEOW MEOW - I almost forgot! It's Tuesday and time for me to introduce another on of the wonderful minions I have working at B&L Bike Shop. Today I will be introducing Dante. Dante is a newer member to my minions club but seems to be fitting in well. 

So here we have.....DANTE.....
Dante reads to his bicycles!!! Meow?

Dante was born on January 12th in 1982!
 Looks like we have a birthday coming up here in a month in a half. I will have to think of something to get him!

Dante has a few bicycle that are all Schwinn Stingrays from the 60's that he has turned into Low-riders!!!
Speaking of Stingrays make sure you stop in and see the 2 we have on the sales floor at the shop. We received 2 of 450 released from the Schwinn vault this year!

I asked Dante about the longest ride he had ever been on and man o man did I get a story! 
(I had to have him write it out so I could tell it to you word for word) 

"That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little ride. So I rode to the end of the road, and when I got there I thought maybe I'd ride to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just ride across Greenbow Country. 
Now, thinking since I'd rode this far, maybe I'd just ride across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I rode clear across Alabama. No particular reason. I just kept going. I rode clear to the ocean, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back and keep going. And when I got to another ocean, I figured since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back and keep right on going. 
When I got tired, I slept. When I got hungry, I ate. When I had to go... you know... I went. 
I'd think a lot aout Mama and Bubba and Lieutenant Dan. But most of all, I thought about Jenny. I thought about her a lot. 
I say all in all if you were to count it up... now keep in mind this is just a guess, but I would say exactly 36,217 miles, no big deal." 

As you might be able to see Dante is a good story teller! However, he may have not have ridden his bicycle 36,217 miles but he does ride his bicycle everywhere he can!!!

Dante Likes to cycle because he feels it keeps him in peak athletic shape. He feels everyone should ride their bicycles to stay in this peak performance because and I quote Dante, "someday when aliens come to conquer planet earth, or when zombies rise from the dead and start hunting for brains, the first people to go down are the out of shape ones. The peak fitness people can run a black away from a zombie before they get winded and become lunch. Next time you are watching tv instead of going outside and doing some exercise, you are setting yourself up to be some zombies lunch in the near future, just sayin."

An interesting fact about Dante (that I pawndered even putting) is that he "allegedly" shot a man in reno, but the prosecutions lack of physical evidence couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was even in Rento that day. [I really dont think Dante would be capable of doing such a thing he is so nice to everyone at the shop and especially me.]

Well that is all I have for you on Dante. He is quite the character but I think a great addition to the Staff and my minion's club. 

Please make sure you are checking out My Facebook, B&L Bike Shops Facebook Page, Milo's Corner, and B&L Bike Shops Twitter. The ladies at the shop and myself are working hard at keeping everyone up to date when it comes to specials on products, sales, new products and events. These social media sites are the hub for us to be able to market to you on a daily basis.

I did over hear the ladies in the office talking about a Customer Appreciation Night on December 11th from 5pm to 7pm! As well as 12 Days of Christmas Specials!!!!

Till next time I leave you with one of Dante's favorite Quotes: "When I die, I want to go like my grandpa: sleeping, not like the people in the back seat: screaming!" - Louis Yore

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Staff Tuesday: Lindsay

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Are you all ready to feast away on Thanksgiving? I know I am... the boss lady normally stops by and drops off a piece of turkey for me but she's laying on the beach in Mexico... So, hopefully, one of my minions will drop off something yummy for me..

Well it's Tuesday and I've been itching to tell you about one of my newest minions.  

So without further Kitty-a-due I introduce to you Lindsay!
~ Also know as the New Girl ~

Lindsay started working here last month and I love her already.. She gives me just the right amount of attention every day she is in.

Lindsay was born on September 11th 1989... Again another September baby! [Meow..all my minions were born in September it seems.]

 Lindsay likes to ride around woodland with her best friend. Lindsay has a cruiser that she doesn't feel she gets to ride enough!

Lindsay says "Riding is way more fun than walking!" I agree with her, I wish I could be wheeled around in a pet basket all day!

An interesting fact about Lindsay: She's scared of tape and stickers... better remember to never bring any of those around her.

I also just want to mention that you should keep any eye out for the fantastic sales coming up for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday! I know the ladies in the office have been crunching numbers and preparing to offer everyone some great prices.. 

Tune in next week for the new weekly items for both stores, a glance at our 12 days of Christmas specials and of course another Staff Tuesday!!!

Till then, I leave you with a thought from Lindsay: "What was is not what will be. Let hope light your path in life's journey and it will set you free !"

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunday Nov 21st - Items of the Week

It's that time again, where I tell you what you need to come in and look at! [mainly because it means you can come in and see me.. shh don't tell the boss lady I said that...meow...] 

Well let's get to it...
 [I need to rest up for the week ahead of me...meow...]

Sunday Nov 21st - Saturday Nov 26th 

Item of the Week 

At B&L Bike Shop:

If you have not come by to see the newly introduced Electra Verse's you are missing out! 

Electra introduced the Verse 21D and Verse 24D to their line up in August 2011

We were lucky enough to have a party in honor of the new Verse line-up too! 

I got word today that Electra lowered the price on these beautiful rides. 

The Verse 21D Originally $579.99 is NOW $539.99
The Verse 24D Originally $679.99 is NOW $639.99

The bikes come in some beautiful colors too.. 

Stop in and take one out for a spin you will fall in love right away!

Item of the Week 

At B&L Bike too:

This week on sale at B&L too we have:
 The Women's Cross Sport Jersey 
Normally $40.00 This week-ONLY $28.00

As well as:
 The Men's Milano V Jersey 
Normally $59.99 This week-ONLY $42.99

Make sure you stop by both stores this week! 
The jersey deals are unbelievable and the Electra Verse is such a cool ride.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Staff Tuesday: Adam

It's Tuesday again! That means time to introduce another B & L team member, so meet Adam!

Adam on one of his many bikes!

Adam has been a mechanic here at B & L Bike Shop for two years, but has been really into riding bikes for six! His self-proclaimed shop nickname is "The Hammer".... he says to ask him why. Adam is definitely one minion I'm particularly fond of, always petting me and finding me lots of treats!

He is also another of our many September babies and was born in 1985. The longest he's ever ridden is 75 miles by himself when he first got his road bike.

Adam's bicycle line up looks like this: 
-Windsor Trent road bike, used for parts
-Jamis Sputnik fixed gear, for riding around in town
-Co-Motion Americano Rohloff, he says "Ask me about it, it's awesome!"

When Adam isn't wrenching around in the shop and saving bikes, you'll find his nose in a book, busy with school. He already has a degree in music and says "Bikes or baritones, I do it all!"

One thing I can't figure out about Adam is his dog, Radar, who is super weird! He's not even scared when I meow or hiss at him! Adam also likes to interrupt my slumber when I'm all cozy in the shop invoice basket! 

Tune in again next week as I introduce another cute little minion on my fantastic B & L team!

I'll leave you today with Adam's favorite quote:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Sunday Nov 13th - Item of the Week!

Welcome to Milo's Item/s of the week! [meow.. I am feeling much better and hope to be back on top of my blog...meow... the treats and love from the staff got me back up on all fours] 

I hope you all had a wonderful week. Happy belated Veterans Day to all the Veterans out there. I hope you were treated with the utmost honor and respect on your day and of course everyday! 

As I pointed out last week we have a few jerseys at B&L too rotating through a sale rack. Each week we will be posting jerseys in my blog and on Facebook that are 30% off for that week Sunday -Saturday! 

So make sure you are visiting B&L Bike Shops Facebook Page, Milo the Shop Cats Facebook Page [but I shouldn't have to tell you to visit my page as I suspect you already do on a regular basis...meow] as well as my corner here to see what jerseys are on sale. Also stop by often as other specials might appear that you don't want to miss out on!

Well lets get to 

Sunday Nov 13th - Saturday Nov 19th 's 

Items of the Week!!! 

At B&L too...

Men's Momentum Jersey 

Full front locking zipper
Mesh shoulder panels
diagonal triple back bound pockets
5” locking zip back pocket with 
sweat proof liner 
Bound arm and waist hem

Normally $79.99
 Save 30% 
This Week Only $56.00

[meow... this is a sleek pro type fitting jersey....wish they had one that would fit me...] 

Women's Cyclone Tank 

Updated built-in comfort support 
Contrast binding on neck and arm 
Back diagonal contrast zipper 
Multi-sport design

Normally $64.99
Save 30% 
This Week Only $44.99 

[a couple of the girls in the shop have this jersey...meow...do they look good]

So there you have it for the Jersey of the week on Sale at B&L too! 

I do want to mention some new stock I have seen the girls unpacking over at too... as well. I know the raining season is on its way in [I can smell it...and feel it...meow...its a coming...] But, B&L too... can help prepare you for that raining weather. 

We don't want you to have to stop riding just because the cruddy weather is coming in, so stop in at B&L too.... and check out our new rain gear! The girls can help you pick out exactly what you need for your commute. 

I have pictured a few options below, that tickle my tummy...meow...

Hope to see you in B&L too.. This week 

B&L Bike Shop's Item of the Week

That's right we have the classic Schwinn Stingrays back! 
Only 450 surfaced from the Schwinn Vault and we managed to snag two! Come in and check these guys out! 

Pictured are the two we have in-stock.. I am sure these bicycles are calling somebody's name! One of these beauties would be a perfect gift for that old-school bicycle lover in your family. 

Our Price: $499.99

Milo Out!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Under the Weather

Hey Everybody! I'm so sorry, but I can't introduce you to any of our employees today. I've been feeling a little under the weather and have been keeping my distance so that the staff doesn't catch whatever I have. See, I am nice to all of my minions.

Meoooooow. Pass the Dayquil and blankets!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Item of the Week!

Welcome to Milo's Item/s of the week! [meow.. I am so sorry it took me so long to post] I hope you all had a wonderful week. 

Did you dress up for halloween or take the kiddos trick or treating last Monday? I saw lots of wonderful costumes  [although Im a little scared of those who dress up.. meow...] Check out B&L Bike Shop's Facebook and vote for the best dressed staff member pictures will be posted today!

Well lets get to it. Today I start the Item of the Week Blog phase. Hopefully [meow.. as i like to slack off a bit] I will be posting Items of the week every Sunday. This will be were I mention what we have in the store that is new or something we are putting on sale. This blog will cover both B&L Bike Shop and B&L Too.. 

This week we are focusing on what we have on sale over at B&L Too.. 

Woman's Cross Sport Tank - 

This jersey is currently $ 34.99 Save 30% through Saturday November 11th and Pay $24.49 

ALSO The Men's 

This jersey is normal $34.99 and is also now on sale for $24.99

Make sure you stop in to see me [meow.. I love treats..] and pick up one of these two jerseys as they are at a kitty spiracular deal! If it weren't for me [Milo...thats right...] you wouldn't be getting such great deals.. 

Hope to see you in B&L too. this week! 
Also make sure you stop in at B&L Bike Shop and check out some of Electra's 2012 Cruisers! I have pictured a few below for you! 

Stop by later this week as  I'll be introducing Adam a pretty cool guy in the Shop on
 Tuesday's Staff Picks 

Milo Out!!!!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Staff Tuesdays: Introducing the Boss Lady!!!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Did you go trick or treating or take the kiddos out? I saw lots of amazing costumes as the kiddos wandered through Davis collecting Candy! I was dressed up as a cute little pumpkin. Check out My Facebook page to see a Picture!

MEOW!!! It's Tuesday and there is no dragging my paws on telling you about the next staff member at B&L... This is my favorite person yet to post about.... Beth Annon-Lovering... my dear owner and the owner of the bicycle shop. I owe all my thanks to this lady because her and her husband brought me in off the streets and gave me a wonderful home.. [meow..sniff...sniff...meow]

So without further Kitty-a-due I introduce to you Beth Annon-Lovering!
 She has also gone /goes by Rita, The Queen and Mom!

Waiting at the airport to head off to a bicycle conference
Beth has been the owner of B&L Bike Shop since May of 1997! However, she has been in the industry for 20 years.  She started out as a credit manager for J&B Importers, became a sales rep and then bought a couple stores. Now she strictly runs B&L Bike Shop!

Beth was born on September 6th. She told me to keep her birth year hush hush! [Meow..1968..shh...I didn't say anything...meow]

Beth has 4 bicycles of her own... A mountain bike, a road bike, a tandem and her favorite Electra Townie. You will find her riding around town, to and from work on her bright green Townie. She likes to try and put me in the basket and ride around too. However, it doesn't tend to last that long because I prefer to be on the ground...
Beth and her Townie saying Good-Bye to her daughter Christy

Beth likes riding bicycles because she enjoys the freedom she feels when out on a ride. She says, "Commuting to work makes the day start off in a more relaxed, organized mode. As it gives me time to think about the things I want to do during the day."

An interesting fact about Beth: She loves to wrench! When she needs a break from all the office work and stuff it takes to run a business you can find her in the shop working on bicycles and getting pretty greasy!

As I said earlier, Beth is my favorite person here at B&L bike shop... she saved me and buys all my treats. I do have to say I think she is a pretty relaxed boss, but makes sure I keep my minions under control and on task!

So I stated last week that on Sunday I would start to post the Weekly Items.. to inform you about what we have in our Shop and at B&L too... However I am a little behind and wont be posting my first Weekly Items post until this Sunday November 6th.

I will tell you that you can stop by B&L Too though and check out the Weekly Jersey and receive 30% on that jersey till Saturday November 5th.. There is one Men's and one Women's Jersey on display and Sale this week.

Tune in next week for the new weekly items for both stores... I promise to post!!! [Meow...too many treats this weekend to do my post as I said I would...Meow... I'm sorry]

Till then, I leave you with a thought from Beth: "That which doesn't kill you only serves to make you stronger!"