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Chester bike shop thrives as cooped-up families are looking to get outside together

Posted at 9:22 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 21:22:23-04

CHESTER, Va. -- As we go through this difficult time many businesses are suffering, but not all.

Molly's Bicycle Shop and Blind Dog Brewery owner Louis Scheer told Bill Fitzgerald the need to get out, and in many cases as a family, means everyone wants to get on a bike.

“To be honest with you, it’s probably the busiest we’ve ever been at this time of year,” Scheer said. “There’s lot of people trying to get out, get their families out, and trying to get themselves fit. Try to better themselves while they can, since they now have the time.”

Scheer said social distancing has been pretty straightforward at his Chester shop.

“We meet everyone at the door,” he said. “There are times when our lot is so full of cars that people stand by their car. Someone sits at the door, one customer comes up, then the next. People are super-patient, they wait their turn. Because normally if it was that crowded, people would just leave.”

He said he believed his business was at the right time and place to help people who have been cooped up.

“You should see how excited people get,” he said. “They’ve been out on the most broken down bike ever. They say, ‘that was the best ride ever!’ and they want to get a better bike.”

Scheer also says the brewery he built in the back of Molly's was still going well, although now the gathering place is closed, but growlers of his beer are in high demand.

Molly's Bicycle Shop and Blind Dog Brewery
4515 W Hundred Rd
Chester, Virginia 23831

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