An established area bicycle shop will open a new branch on the Woodstock Square this winter.
The Bike Haven, which operates a store in McHenry, will open a second location at 132 Cass St. within the next few months, according to Josh Arnow, who owns the business with his wife, Jessica Arnow.
A lifelong cycling enthusiast, Josh Arnow said he is eager to open a location in Woodstock, where he has lived for the past 16 years.
“We’re excited to come to town,” he said. “We’re excited to serve Woodstock. [Former Woodstock bicycle and recreation store] Outdoor Rec closed in September, so this is a perfect time.”
The store likely will be up and running within the next month, he said, with a grand opening in early to mid-winter.
The Arnows purchased the business in 2011, when they turned Wally’s Bike Haven, which was established in 1959, into The Bike Haven. Their McHenry store is located at 3318 Pearl St., near Veterans Memorial Park. Josh Arnow said both his McHenry and Woodstock locations make for easy access for cyclists.
“There’s so much going on, and it’s such an exciting area,” he said.
In addition to carrying bicycles and accessories for riders of all ages and abilities, the Bike Haven offers repairs and even hosts guided group rides for new to advanced riders. Group rides of varying distances, and even themes — the shop recently hosted a craft-beer ride, for instance — will be offered at the Woodstock store.
The Bike Haven also sponsors a racing team and bicycle races throughout McHenry County.
“We try to be community-minded and fun,” Josh Arnow said.
The shop’s typical customer varies, he said, from people looking for bikes for their kids to highly skilled cyclists. The Bike Haven carries product lines not available at big-box stores.
“Our bikes are higher-end, higher-quality, nicer products across the board,” Josh Arnow said.