Lowertown Bike Shop Grand Opening Celebration
WHO: Lowertown Bike Shop at Union Depot (retail shop on the main level of the Head House in Suite 160; indoor bike storage facility with shower services on the lower level of the Head House); Mobile Comedy Suitcase will also be there.
WHAT: Lowertown Bike Shop, which relocated to Union Depot in May, is hosting a Grand Opening celebration June 22-25 with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on June 23 at 4:45 p.m. Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt will cut the ribbon.
Lowertown Bike Shop opened in 2011 and specializes in bringing new life to used bikes by supplying a wide range of quality bicycles and parts. Operators Jeremy Wagner and Crystal Sursely believe that biking can change lives. Sursely emphasizes, “We focus on discovering the thing that makes each person excited to ride a bike – whether they ride five blocks or 20 miles.”
Mobile Comedy Suitcase, created with support from a Knight Art Challenge St. Paul grant, is a four and a half-foot by two and a half-foot stage built on a bike trailer, designed to resemble a suitcase. The set up includes a stand-up microphone, amplifier, sign and backdrop creating a traveling comedy club. Mobile Comedy Suitcase representatives will be there and guests will also have the opportunity to try their hand at standup comedy. The Mobile Comedy Suitcase will be at Union Depot every Wednesday from June 22 through August 31 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Head House.
WHEN: The Grand Opening celebration will run June 22-25. Hours are Wednesday from noon to 9:00 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday from 1:00-9:00 p.m. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, June 23 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with the ribbon being cut at 4:45 p.m. Ramsey County Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt will cut the ribbon.
WHERE: Union Depot Head House, Suite 160 (on the west end of the Head House)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The June 23 celebration will include free refreshments and Lowertown Bike Shop will have registration for prize drawings all four days of the celebration. The Grand Prize is an All-City Space Horse Frameset value at $600.
Getting to Union Depot
Bike: Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus: Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street
Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 94, 262, 417 | MVTA buses 480, 484, 489
Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit's Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar and Car2Go
About UNION DEPOT...The beautifully renovated Union Depot is one of American’s great rail stations from the early 20th century. Celebrating 90 years since its completion in 1926, Union Depot was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and certified LEED® Gold in 2014. Today, it is a welcoming destination for all and serves as a major transportation center and dynamic event venue in the heart of the Twin Cities. Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority owns Union Depot which offers a full complement of transportation services: Amtrak®, Green Line, Jefferson Lines, Greyhound, megabus.com, Metro Transit and MVTA buses, car sharing (Zipcar and Car2Go), and parking - including electric vehicle charging and bicycle storage. The Regional Railroad Authority is dedicated to a long-range vision that addresses changing transportation needs by preserving rail transit corridors for future transit use, studying transit options and providing transit services. JLL, under contract with the Regional Railroad Authority, is responsible for management of Union Depot and working collaboratively to establish a welcoming community gathering place at the historic landmark. For more information, go to uniondepot.org.