Saturday, March 31, 2007

Movin' on up and into spring!

Things have been a little hectic in the shop lately. Between paint scheduling hassles, NAHBS, and having to find a new shop space I've been a little frazzled. If you have contacted me by e-mail or phone lately I apologize for being a little slow with the response.

Anyway...winter is finally over (I hope) and spring is here. I've solved my paint scheduling issues, recovered from NAHBS, and best of all we have found a new shop space. I've been moving around quite a bit in the 5 years I've been building frames, and so far every move has been good. I started out in the basement of the Yellow Jersey. Andy Muzi was very helpful and I would have never gotten started building frames without his influence. Great guy, and without a doubt the most interesting person I know. I quickly outgrew my corner in the Yellow Jersey basement so I worked out a deal with my friend Jeff to work in a warehouse space that he had. While the space had a great central location (which is nearly impossible to find for cheap in Madison) it was unheated and lacked water so as you can imagine it was a tough winter. Jeff also owns a bike shop in town, Revolution Cycles. When he moved into a new larger shop awhile back I graciously took his offer to work in the back of his shop. Since I've been at Jeff's shop I've acquired allot of new equipment and have found two more people to share the space with. Now our 300 sq ft shop is just too small for all of us (sometimes there will be four of us working...and its annoying to bump elbows when your filing!). After a little searching Ahren and I found a great space. Ideally we would have liked to be more centrally located but since Madison isn't much of an industrial city there isn't much space that's suitable for our needs. We finally settled on a space that's a 5 minute bike ride from our current shop so its not too far out.

The new address will is 4235 Argosy Court, Unit A. Madison, WI 53704. We're moving tomorrow (April 1st). After we move in I intend to actually keep regular hours as I will no longer be working any of my other part time jobs (bike courier and bike mechanic). Who knows....maybe I'll even be able to take a day (or two!!!) off every week.

The new space is huge (1500 sq feet) and I'm not sure we know what to do with it all yet...but I'm sure we'll fill it up quick enough. Here are some quick photos of the space:



3 comments:

tcloon said...

Hi Jon,
The new shop looks like a great spot. Looks like you're really moving up.

TC Loon's

julie said...

Congrats on the new space, Jon!

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