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Total loan: $10,000

Carolyn

Milwaukee, WI, United States / Retail

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A loan helped A loan of $10,000 helps install lighting and outlets in our new location, install outside signage, update store displays and install a bike shower in the shop.


Carolyn's story

Tristan and I have been together for almost 10 years this year. We meet in Milwaukee while both attending UWM. We both graduated at the high of the recession seven years ago and frustrated with the lack of a job market, decided to start businesses in Milwaukee instead. Tristan was born in Charleston and I was born in Chicago. We both had very different childhoods, mine in the suburbs and Tristan seven years on a boat with his parents. However, we both wanted to bring what we loved to Milwaukee, our sense of adventure and love of cycling. Our dreams are to create a successful business that is needed by the community around us and yet is flexible to change with what the community needs. We started Coast In Bikes to provide both of a livelihood we love and would like to do that for ourselves and employees. I want to see Coast In Bikes support women's cycling in developing Ladies Revolution- a nonprofit that teaches women bike mechanics, offers rides and classes to support the current and new women's cycling community. Tristan would like to see more mountain biking on the east side of Milwaukee and more people supporting out local trails. As we grow, we envision opening a hostel in Milwaukee that supports adventure cyclists as they cycle through Milwaukee that works with the bike shop in providing a much needed resource that our current tourism services don't offer in Milwaukee.