marco polo club open downtown Eau Claire stores want to get you fit for shoes and a bicycle

pique polos open downtown Eau Claire stores want to get you fit for shoes and a bicycle

More than a decade after they ran track and cross country as Blugolds, a couple has returned to Eau Claire with the goal of helping others on their feet.

Adam and Alicia Condit are opening a store with high end shoes for walkers and runners in a downtown Eau Claire storefront.

not just for super experienced runners, Alicia Condit said. can benefit from being in the right shoes. to help guide customers to the right kinds of shoes to fit how they walk and run.

Blue Ox Running, 415 S. Barstow St., will carry premium shoes, inserts, clothing, accessories and nutritional products for runners and walkers. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Saturdays and closed on Sundays. where Adam had a job in the aerospace industry. As they started a family, they thought about moving back to the area they grew up, which brought them to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Adam became a math teacher.

knew that we would be back in the Midwest at some point, he said.

But then Adam pondered another career change, looking to pursue a dream of opening a running store like those he and Alicia enjoyed in the cities they lived. They thought of Eau Claire, seeing that there wasn a niche running store to serve the growing numbers of people that participate in races such as the Eau Claire Marathon.

seems like a really good time for this community, Adam Condit said. seems to be a ton more energy downtown. a storefront previously the Christian Science Reading Room happened to open up next to Alicia Condit college employer, Houligans Steak Seafood Pub.

They been improving the interior of the space since summer and moved back in time for their oldest child to enroll in school.

comes first, Alicia Condit said.

The couple has three children Shane, 7, Leo, 4, and Alice, who turns 3 this month and have a couch and chairs for kids to use while their parents shop.

They not the only specialty sports store that is opening soon in downtown Eau Claire.

SHIFT Cyclery Coffee Bar, 615 Graham Ave., plans to start selling bicycles, repairing them and serving coffee in February.

The business had initially hoped for an October opening, but fixing up the former service garage it will operate from took a little longer and a late winter opening will better fit when people start thinking of spring bike rides.

have a month to ease into the hectic bike season, said Aaron Salmon, one of the four people behind SHIFT.

He specialize in the business website and outreach efforts, while his wife, Laura Lash, is in charge of operations, bookkeeping and events. Daniel Green and Sean Brandenburg both bring bike repair skills to the business and the latter is a host on the Midwest Cycling Podcast.

The business will be a full service bike shop, Salmon said, selling new and used bikes, plus offering repair services. The merchandise selection will be curated selected and recommended by the store bike loving owners.

But SHIFT also will be a coffee bar. Brewed on demand, the shop will have locally roasted Soul Brewed Coffee, plus two other Midwest coffee brands Ruby from Amherst Junction and Intelligentsia from Chicago. A fourth coffee brand will be in on a rotating basis. The coffee shop won have its own kitchen, but will bring in pastries and other grab and go food items.

Salmon said the idea of SHIFT came from a similar business he frequented while living in Chicago.

just thought that was a great combo, he said.

A Web designer by trade, Salmon said he excited to open a brick and mortar business where fellow bicycle enthusiasts can meet for a ride.
marco polo club open downtown Eau Claire stores want to get you fit for shoes and a bicycle