Seeds Sewn: The Re-Cycling Hatter of Boston

New Kid on the Block: Beverly Cycles
March 22, 2010, 1:44 pm
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My good friend Anne called me last week and told me about a guy named Bill who, after losing his lucrative job in the semiconductors industry, made the gutsy decision to open a bike shop. I will be making a trip up to visit Bill and learn more about the shop soon, but in the meantime here is Beverly Cycles story.

Bicycles for the Rest of Us

Article by Planet North Shores – Issue 275

The day he turned fifty-six, Bill Kerr got laid off from his corporate job and, the way he tells it, he couldn’t have imagined a more welcome present. He’d always been an avid bicyclist, riding to and from work in all kinds of weather, organizing weekend rides and doing some competitive racing. Despite the several bicycle shops already in existence on the North Shore, Bill saw a need for a bicycle shop for the rest of us, for those who aren’t necessarily into racing or competition, a shop where everyone, regardless of ability or knowledge would feel comfortable asking questions, trying out bikes and having fun. Bill Kerr visited possible locations for his shop for months before finding the perfect spot. Nestled in the heart of North Beverly next to the venerable Annie’s bookshop and across the street from famed Nick’s Famous Roast Beef, Beverly Cycles opened it’s doors at 6 a.m. on March 2, 2009 in the middle of a snowstorm. And a great grand opening it was: ten inches of snow and not a single customer.

Top mechanic is Olivia Harkness, a high school friend and running buddy of Bill’s daughter Grace. Now attending art school in Portland, Maine, no one was surprised to learn that Olivia had a way with the wrench: she can build virtually anything, from tables to electric guitars to tree houses. She also fixes her own car. Other employee, Ben Sawyer, avid mountain bike rider and son of long distance coach David Sawyer is foremost a talented carpenter. When you visit the shop, notice the elegant L-shaped front counter and display wall: Ben’s handiwork. He has reportedly gotten into road riding lately. Don’t let his hobbit-like demeanor fool you: he is fast.

At Beverly Cycles, you’re not going to get the hard sell: while the shop offers a wide range of bicycles from mountain to road to cruiser to kids’ Bill, Ben, and Olivia love to resurrect those bikes you have forgotten about in your basement. They will help you get your old bike back on the road, upgrade, or try something completely new.

They also offer bicycle day care: North Beverly train station is across the street: ride your bike to the train and store it at Beverly Cycles for the day; if you need repairs or want a tune up, it will be done by the end of the day. Store hours are Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; the shop is closed Sundays. There are always bike rides happening. Check the website for road rides and mountain bike rides for all levels of ability.

“Bicycles for the rest of us!”
Beverly Cycles
132 Dodge Street
Beverly, MA 01915

(978) 338-5663

FREE Chrome Shoes!!!!
March 18, 2010, 11:55 am
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Chrome’s “Turds For Gold” Shoe Exchange!

To show how committed Chrome is to their footwear line, Chrome presents their “Turds For Gold” Shoe Exchange. For two days only, Chrome will be slinging a new pair of shoes to anyone that sends them a worn-out pair of kicks. “There are a lot of great shoe brands out their but few, if any, are made to handle the harsh demands of riding in the city,” says Chrome Marketing Director, Matt Sharkey. “Our shoes are built to hold up under the toughest conditions and are designed 100% to address the needs of the everyday city cyclist. Not only did we want to build a shoe that was durable and functional, but we also paid close attention to overall fit and timeless style.” The exchange begins on Wednesday, March 17 and ends promptly the next day on Thursday, the 18th. Packages must be post marked by 3/18 to qualify and should include a return shipping address and shoe size info.

Please ship all packages to:

Chrome Industries
Attn: Turds for Gold
Sharkey 580 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

:repost with slight edit from trakosaurus rex

Open:Closed… but not forever!
February 22, 2010, 3:49 pm
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“Open Bicycle (in its current Hawkins St. incarnation) will be open by appointment only starting Monday the 15th of February.  We will be devoting our energies full-time to completing the build-out at our new space at 21A Union Square, next to Sherman Cafe.”
~ OPEN Blog

In the interim, you can  contacting me directly. seedssewn AT gmail dot com

We are all awaiting the reincarnation of OPEN…

Harts Fabric Give-Away (Every Tuesday!)
January 19, 2010, 1:42 pm
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My friends over at Harts Fabric are giving away a yard of fabric every Tuesday! Check them out here to find out how to win!

This week’s fabric is from Anna Maria Horner’s Little Folks line of voiles.

This one is my favorite!

Earflap Sneak Peek! Shhhh!
December 28, 2009, 3:14 pm
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Here it is… the sneek peek! But keep it quiet would ya… wink WINK!!
Hopefully these will be ready to drop to the public by the end of January… Just in time for the REALY cold weather… as if it hasn’t been cold enough!

Photographed by Kate Kirchner.

DYCK? & PW’s Lovechild? Oh, Boy!
December 7, 2009, 1:01 pm
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So my good friends DYKC? and Planet Wifey have been running this little comic series for a while now but have recently switched to new artist, Chris Piascik. I think it’s working out quite nicely. This most recent installment in particular, dovetales right in with my last post “Baby Styles”.

Baby Styles
December 4, 2009, 2:25 pm
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So we are having a boy and this has been something of a daily epiphany for me. It usually goes something like this in my head… “Hey, I’m having a baby. Wow, I’m really having a baby! AND it’s a Boy!!! A BOY!!!” Then my phone rings at my desk adn brings me back to reality until I hang up and then it’s back dreaming of all the fun things we will do together and all the things I will teach him how to do. For instance… ride a bike, climb a tree, build a fort, swing on a rope swing, build a snowman and how to pack teh perfect snowball… ring… rrrING… RINGGGG! Oh, what?… “Hello this is David speaking. How may I help you?”

So I have also been thinking about what Little Pup will wear. I found these…

Wolf on Wolfe

“These  super-soft onesies are made with 100% organic cotton & printed with lead-free ink.” They even have matching prints for Mom and Dad. Little Lark has onesies, tops, bottoms, letterpress cards and lots of other cool printwears for you and your little ones… and your big ones too.

Follow them on  TWITTER, FACEBOOK friend them, or just be a  FAN!

Bicycle Film Festival – Boston
November 20, 2009, 5:29 pm
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The Bicycle Film Festival celebrates the bicycle in all forms and styles. If you can name it – Tall Bike Jousting, Track Bikes, BMX, Alleycats, Critical Mass, Bike Polo, Road Cycling, Mountain Biking Recumbents – we’ve probably either ridden or screened it. In its ninth year the festival is held in 39 cities worldwide. 250,000 people are expected to attend this year. What better way to celebrate these lifestyles than through art, film, music and performance?

This year’s event is being produced by my good friends over at OPEN (the shop that sells my hats). There will be a party at the Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge with GoldSprints and much more. Saturday’s events include a Cross-Boston brunch ride and film screenings at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Sq. and then the night will be officially closed out with an alley cat race.

A Cradle for the coming Pup
November 17, 2009, 12:28 am
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While visiting my parents in PA last weekend, we were given the cradle that was handmade for me by my father about 26 years ago. It is made entirely of walnut and love for a firstborn. Thanks Dad and Mom!

Winter Hustle: Fall and Winter Hats ’09
November 11, 2009, 12:04 am
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Here is a sampling of what is ready-made now, what will come, and what I have in stock this season for materials to choose from for made-to-order.

By boy Justin of Justin Keena Photography shot these hats for me, the hats are available for purchase through OPEN Bicycle in Union Square.

Note: The mannequin head we used in the shoot was really small. The Fall/Winter hats generally are slightly (1/2″) deeper than a baseball cap so you can tuck your ears under while riding without having your whole ear covered.