Harvard General Store

May 29, 2012

in Business Thinking, Projects - Defying Category, Rides

The Harvard General Store is a well known destination for cyclists from the eastern part of Massachusetts.  The Store consists of a friendly group that’s very welcoming to cyclists.  The Studio’s Keep It Tight Saturday morning ride almost always visits the Store.  Nearly all of the Studio’s customers are very familiar with the General Store.  We’ve been exploring ways to work more closely with the Store.

Update  |  October 17, 2012:  We’re partnering with the Harvard General Store to make it even more of an ideal destination for cyclists:  find essential items on their shelves to make your ride better, warmer and drier beginning in November!  All provided by the Ride Studio Cafe.  Thanks to Patria for pulling this all together.

Here’s some of the history together so far:

Harvard General Store

October 17  |  From the RSC newsletter:  The Harvard General Store is the go-to place for
cyclists. In fact, we go to it every Saturday morning on our group rides thanks to their large selection of food, drinks and coffee/espresso.

We’re partnering with the Harvard General Store (now under new ownership) to make it even more of an ideal destination for cyclists: find essential items on their shelves to make your ride better, warmer and drier beginning in November!

This ride will leave the RSC bright and early, we’ll lead groups of all riding abilities and arrive in Harvard around 10. From there, we’ll meet up with cyclists from Harvard and surrounding towns and embark on a ~30-mile ride of the beautiful surrounding areas. We’ll return to the Harvard General Store, enjoy hot and seasonal foods and then cruise downhill back to the Ride Studio Cafe.  In the meantime, be sure to save the date for this awesome day in the saddle and tell your friends!

Aug 29, 2012  |  They’ve reached out, through Sal, to work with us on some sort of partnership.

May 29, 2012  |  Pamela Blalock emailed me about a big change at the Harvard General Store.  Here’s an excerpt from Adam’s – the owner of the General Store – email about the changes afoot:

As you may know, Lyn and I moved to London nearly two years ago, and will be away from Harvard for the foreseeable future.  We have tried to maintain stewardship of the store remotely.  Before Amy Bernhardt left in March, Lyn returned to Harvard to oversee operations, but that is unworkable for the long term.  We both wish we could be in Harvard and manage the store on a daily basis but unfortunately this is not possible.  Lyn will be rejoining me in London as soon as the store’s future is resolved.

The store is a community resource, and it has been an honor and privilege to restore and operate it. We are grateful to every customer, every supporter, every coworker and particularly the wonderful children who visit with smiles, and tears for more.

We invite suggestions and proposals for the whole store or parts thereof. We would like to select a path forward by the 4th of July, or soon thereafter.  We will target closing the store at that time, if we have not found the right solution.

A sad letter but filled with opportunity, too.

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Rob Kristoff December 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm

This is very cool. Hope the partnership works well. Love the idea of ‘seeding’ popular mid-ride spots with that kind of things.


Rob December 11, 2012 at 9:49 am

Rob: Thanks for the note. The Harvard General Store project has been great. We’re looking forward to doing more with them. We’re working on potential pop-up shops in a few other locations, too. Time will tell. Hope to see you soon. – Rob V.