A buddy of mine told me about Spoke Easy. He said they recently moved from South End to Elizabeth. Don’t tell anybody, but I thought he said it was a “speakeasy” so I was knocking on random doors by the Visulite on Elizabeth Ave. That was dumb and I now feel stupid.
Spoke easy is a bike shop. And a bar. And a yoga studio. And shares the office/ownership with Cluck Design Collaborative. You can’t dream up a combo like that – it’s driven by authentic people.
Here are 8 things to know about Spoke Easy.
(1) Spoke Easy has beer. On tap. I drank a $4 Golden Boy Blonde from Triple C Brewery. Delicious. Beer starts at 3pm.
(2) Spoke Easy owners “believe in bicycles and architecture” and are lovers of Charlotte. People told them they couldn’t combine beer/architecture/bikes and they said “why not?” You gotta respect this. This new storefront allows them to “interact with the street” and also strategically locates them next to some of the best restaurants in town (Customshop, Carpe Diem, Passion 8).
(3) Spoke Easy’s co-founder, Kevin, has a cool beard. Be honest, you’re not cool enough to grow this. He likes to bike. He loves Charlotte and I love that he loves Charlotte. He was literally born about 400 yards away at Presbyterian Hospital.
(4) Spoke Easy has edge. Check out the saying on the bottom left of their stickers.
(5) Spoke Easy has yoga. 6pm on Wednesday nights in this room in the back of the store.
(6) Spoke Easy is obsessed with design. Kevin told me there is a lot of creativity in the Charlotte bike scene and that part of his goal is to amplify this creativity. I believe him, even though I don’t own a bike (don’t tell him).
(7) Spoke Easy is owned by Cluck Design Collective. This architecture firm does everything from breweries to medical clinics to restaurants to law firms. Like George Costanza and the Cluck team, I tell women I’m an architect and my office walls look like this.