|Steve and the Recycled Cycles Staff|
1. How did you get your start in specialty retail? And when did you know this was the career for you?
I got my start at Bicycle Village when I was in high school. I was always tinkering with bikes and my mom encouraged me to ask at my local bike shop if they needed any help. I swept floors, did minor repairs and built bikes. I had no idea that this would turn into a career; it was just fun. I worked for the legendary Mel Pinto, who always encouraged me to be thrifty and do quality work. After a stint at a big sporting goods retailer I was back in the bike shop at The Bicycle Exchange. That store was a big player run by Jim Bellas. He preached that profitability and good customer service can go hand in hand. This is where I first thought of the bike business as a career. After college and a move across the country, I was in a position to do something unique and open Recycled Cycles in Seattle. The career had begun!