Why is South Mountain Cycle & Café Moving?

The 9-year-old Emmaus cycling shop has undergone a growth spurt since its new owners took over in June.

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to clarify the business name. Since Heather Balliet and her husband took over the business it has been operating under the name South Mountain Cycle & Café.

Heather Balliet and her husband Chad, owners of South Mountain Cycle & Café in Emmaus, have a problem.

The business, which they purchased in June 2013, needs to move, according to Heather, and the sooner the better.

But, the good new is that South Mountain Cycle & Café needs to move because the business has outgrown its current space. “We need more room,” she says.

Heather and Chad have brought new cycling products into the store since they took over the 9-year-old business, including brands like Giant and Cannondale, which in part is prompting the need for the larger store.

The even better news is that Heather and Chad have already found a new home for their shop, and they’re not going far. According to Heather, South Mountain Cycle & Café intends to close its current location at 303 Main St. and reopen the business on the Emmaus Triangle at 337 Chestnut sometime this spring.

March would be ideal, Heather says, but early spring is probably more realistic.

South Mountain Cycle & Café will still have a full café in the new location, Heather says, and may add some organic teas and other drinks to its offerings, in addition to the coffees and muffins it currently sells, Heather says.

Right now, the store has about 1,000 square feet of retail space, Heather says, and the new location will provide about 3,000 square feet. “We’ll be tripling the space,” she explains.

Heather says that she and Chad have already hired people since they purchased the business and there’s always the possibility that the new larger location could prompt additional hires.

“If things get crazy busy, absolutely,” she says. “We’re trying to bring good things to the Triangle. Stay tuned.” 
Tom Kellogg January 18, 2014 at 03:30 PM
This is such great news. SMC has always been a great shop with the best mechanic and coffee in the valley, but it's also been pretty cramped. It's all good! Congratulations to Heather, Chad, and Mark.


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