Name shop: Signature BMX Location: Vantaa, Finland Years in business: 13 years on January Employees: 2, Mikko Suni full-time, Antti Huotari part-time.
Did you ever go to school to learn how to run a (BMX) business or did you just 'send it'? Signature BMX: We just sent it and still are sending it. We first thought of having a clothing brand and started selling some bmx bike parts to cover the cost of clothing side. Sales started to pick up before we even had much of a clothing available. Just some shirts under the name of Signature. That’s pretty much what ever happened on that side. We focused on selling bike stuff. It was just a mail order/webshop at first. We pretty much ran it from our home. Our real warehouse/shop/distro came to life after a couple of years. So I guess we’re still learning day by day something new.
Were your BMX industry contacts already made before you started your shop, or did you meet more people along the way? Signature BMX: I knew Niels Thanild and Joe Rich and a few others before the business came along. I went to Interbike the next year as we started and made a lot of contacts there.
Name shop: Planet Bicycle Location: Atlantic Beach, Fl. Employees: Just me and my partner Ed for now.
Did you ever go to school to learn how to run a (BMX) business or did you just 'send it'? Planet Bicycle: No specific schooling. Over the past 30 years I’ve just worked in a few shops with different minds running them. I’ve taken the stuff that fit me from each and went with it.
Were your BMX industry contacts already made before you started your shop, or did you meet more people along the way? Planet Bicycle: Over the years my contacts list has grown exponentially.
Who are some of the people that helped out in the beginning, setting up the BMX shop?
Name shop: kunstform BMX Shop Location: Stuttgart (Germany) Years in business: 15 years (since 2003) Employees: 11
Is running a BMX shop something you've always wanted to do? kunstform BMX Shop: Actually No! It just happend. I study computer science at the university and the founder Sebastion Pospischil always asked me if I can change some buttons or functions in the web shop. From time to time it got more and more, so I started there my full time job.
What (BMX) shops did you like before you started your own? kunstform BMX Shop:FlairBMX Shop in Berlin, Busy P in Cologne
Did you do some serious research before you opened up your shop at your location or did you just go for it?
Name shop: Circuit BMX Shop Location: Pawtucket, Rhode Island Years in business: 12 Employees: Vic Bettencourt/Cara Bettencourt/Chris Childs
Did you ever go to school to learn how to run a (BMX) business or did you just 'send it'? Circuit BMX Shop: I’ve spent my life dedicated to BMX and have been around it for 32 years now. I have no business training. Just a passion for BMX and the family it provides.
Were your BMX industry contacts already made before you started your shop, or did you meet more people along the way? Circuit BMX Shop: Before (and after) I opened Circuit I had done my fair amount of traveling. I had many industry connections due to travel. After I opened the shop there were many more connections as you would expect.
Name shop: Powers Bike Shop Location: Downtown Richmond VA Years in business: 14 years.. since 2004 Employees: 2 full time, and bunch dudes that are down to help whenever
Did you ever go to school to learn how to run a BMX business or did you just 'send it'? Powers Bike Shop: Is there a school for that? hahaha. I just sent it, like I do everything in my life!
Were your BMX industry contacts already made before you started your shop, or did you meet more people along the way? Powers Bike Shop: I have definitely met way more on the way, but I worked at other bike shops prior and met a few.
Name shop: The Boarding House Location: Exeter, Devon, U.K. Years in business: 34 Employees: Me and assorted part-timers
What was the reason for you to start a BMX shop? The Boarding House: The shop had been here since 1984 (called BMX Superstore), in 1997 I had the opportunity to take over from the previous owner. Having mainly worked in the skate-surf industry before, it was an easy transition to run a shop, I had experience working in skateshops before, so, just right place, right time, to carry on working in something I loved.
The Source are establishing a new venture in the US so they are looking for a leader who has a track record of managing and motivating people and working in and around BMX. The Source USA Warehouse Manager. Something for you?
-Job Title: Warehouse Manager -Hours: Full Time, Monday to Friday -Location: Our warehouse in Louisville, KY 40210, USA -Salary: Competitive; based on experience -Overall Objective: To lead a small warehouse team to assist in the process of getting goods in and despatching them to customers quickly.
You will be an important part of a small successful team focusing on being the best and most famous BMX retailer in the World. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading, managing and developing a small team based in our new fulfilment warehouse in Louisville, KY.
Name of your shop: Trainbmx Location: 38170 Klein Vahlberg/ Germany Years in business: Since 2014 Employees: None
What was the reason for you to start a BMX shop? Trainbmx: While on my old 30 years old profession as a mechanic / master, I had no more desire and then spontaneously on 22.05.14 I founded my shop. Since I have been arranging myself in the BMX for decades, it was not difficult for me.
Name shop: Groundedbmx Location: Ninove Years in business: 8 Employees: 2 sometimes 3
What was the reason for you to start a BMX shop? Groundedbmx: I always knew I wanted to run my own company. Since my head is always full of ideas I talked to a friend of mine who has owned multiple businesses to figure out what Idea I should pursue. He told me to only go for the one I’m most passionate about. So, that was BMX :), a no brainer.
What was your first location like? Groundedbmx: I started Grounded as an online store but soon had customers picking up parts in my bedroom which turned into a stockroom pretty quickly.