The Union Depot in Downtown St. Paul is in the process of becoming a commuting center. One component of that will be a bike shop. Interestingly this will be another private bike shop expanding into a public space. The best that we can count this will be number three, the first being Freewheel Bike (Midtown Location), the second, The Hub Co-op’s on-campus shop and now One on One.
Don’t worry Minneapo-lites One on One isn’t going anywhere, this is an expansion not a move. Here is the release from the Ramsey County Website:
“Pending successful negotiations, One on One Bicycle Studio, Inc., has been selected to design and operate a bicycle center on the ground level of Union Depot. The center, with entrances and storefront windows facing Sibley Street, will feature secure bicycle storage, showers and lockers for commuters, bicycle repair and retail services. In addition, they plan to operate a café and art gallery, providing grab-and-go foods for commuters, gourmet soups, sandwiches and organic, fair-trade coffee.
One on One Bicycle Studio is a leader in the bicycling community. In 2003, One on One Bicycle Studio became the first bicycle + coffee shop in Minneapolis—located just a few blocks away from the Hiawatha LRT line in downtown—and has been an important part of the Twin Cities’ rise to the top of the national bicycling scene. Expanding the business into St. Paul at Union Depot allows One on One Bicycle Studio to bring arts and community based events that have drawn thousands of residents, bicycle enthusiasts and recreational users to their shop in Minneapolis’ historic Warehouse District.
“We’re really excited to become part of this project, and the energy that is going on in Lowertown,” said Gene Oberpriller, co-owner of One on One Bicycle Studio.”