Loyal following Gardner intends to continue the long tradition of City Bike Shop, 747 E. Eighth St. In the fall of 2019, the business moved from its previous home at 322 S. Union St. “I want to be respectful to what Steve and Julie have built,” said Gardner, who will turn 37 on May 4. “They created an amazing and loyal following. For the most part, especially this year, we’ll just keep things rolling along.”
“I’ve gone the last 15 years judging every workplace against that first bike shop, its team chemistry and its sense of camaraderie and family.” “It was a great time in that shop’s history,” Gardner said. “We had a great team and real great leadership.
The hunt has ended for Gardner, who bought City Bike Shop in Traverse City from long-time owners Steve and Julie Baesch. The deal was completed on April 5 to purchase the business, which launched in 1955. Gardner ever since has been chasing the way Full Cycle, the oldest bicycle shop in that Colorado college town, functioned.
The 59-year-old Steve Baesch said that after 60-plus hour work weeks “for years and years,” it’s time to spend more time with Julie, their three kids and two grandkids. “I want to enjoy the Traverse City area,” he said. “Go to the beach, ride my bike.” “I was there a total of 46 years,” Steve Baesch said. “I had worked there for the previous owners for many years before. I started when I was 13 (years old). It was my main and only job for the most part. I’ve been there a long time.”
Steve Baesch’s tenure goes back even further. Steve and Julie Baesch bought City Bike Shop in 1996. Julie Baesch worked there for more than 20 years.
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