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Boreal Bicycle Works

Last week I was tooling around town on my bicycle when I stumbled upon this business. I have never heard any of my cycling friends mention this shop. It opened in 2001, but when did it close? Heck, it might even still be open. There are some Christmas lights on in the window.

Do people have stories/history about this business?

13 Comments

fonixmunkee

about 8 years ago

Boreal is owned by Bryn, a bike-fixing genius who works full-time at Continental Ski & Bike on First Street in Duluth. He worked at Boreal full time until Continental hired him on a few years back. I'm not sure if he still does business out of there any more or not.

baci

about 8 years ago

BRYNNNNNN! This was the location of the Whole Foods Co-Op before it was in the space where Burrito Union is now. Bryn fix bikes good.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

Bryn Jacobson, Duluth icon.

woodtick

about 8 years ago

@fonixmunkee - Yes, the Brynster does indeed do a few repairs right there in the shop.  He will address your kids flat tire or your sweet new Ti Fixie build.

BadCat!

about 8 years ago

Where is this building - I've never seen it.

Paul Lundgren

about 8 years ago

Boreal Bicycle Works
631 E. Eighth St. 
Duluth MN 55805 
218-722-9291

Tomasz

about 8 years ago

Wow!  Flashback!!

Not only do I remember shopping at the Co-Op with my mom back in the day, but I also remember walking past a then-empty building to Boy Scout meetings at Grant.

It's good to know that it's being used.  Every time one of these old-skul corner shops close, it's really, truly too bad.

De man

about 8 years ago

To the best of my knowledge, he still lives there.

meb

about 8 years ago

Yup, I remember going shopping there with my mom when I was really little. She would buy weird things like blue chips and stuff in bulk. Was it the first co-op location in Duluth?

Conrad

about 8 years ago

Love the old "Green Man" flyer.  Good times

in.dog.neato

about 8 years ago

Bryn is also one of the founding members of the Northern Ale Stars, the local homebrewer guild...and he *does* live in the building.

ruby2sd4y

about 8 years ago

Heh, I brought my bike there probably 10+ yrs ago for a few 'tweaks.' He done good, fer cheep! I've walked past that shop the past 2-3 years on my way to/from work downtown and thought it was abandoned.

Briana

about 8 years ago

Some of my favorite Duluth memories are sitting around Bryn's fire jamming to Yes and bird call identification recordings. His artichoke dip is yummy.

Being of Co-op blood, I appreciate seeing where it came from and let it influence the idea of what it is and should be.

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