Oviedo bike shop combines sipping, cycling
Whether you need a fix for your bike or caffeine addiction, one UCF-area shop is equipped to help with both.
Less than four miles down Alafaya Trail toward Oviedo in the Alafaya Square shopping center, Velo Creek Bike & Brew combines a bike shop and coffee shop into one cohesive space after its opening in November.
Nestled among the rows of bikes and apparel on the left wall sits a coffee bar, and across from it, in the back right corner, sits a mechanic station — though neither stands out as obtrusive in the duplex.
Velo Creek is a lovechild between husband and wife owners Thad and Kristina Daugherty and came about after the pair saw a need in the community for a space for bicyclists to relax and recharge before, during and after a ride.
"We see hundreds of cyclists coming through town, and we always saw them stop at gas stations and buy energy bars," said Thad, who handles the bike components of the shop. "Wouldn't it be a great idea to have a place to come and hang out?"
By the end of November 2014, that idea became reality. Though responses have been positive, Thad said that people are still trying to figure them out as a full-service coffee bar and bike shop.
Proximity to UCF's campus has been an asset to their business, as students are taking notice of their location and amenities.
"It's a comfortable place in the community to come hang out, grab coffee, grab a to-go breakfast or bring in bikes for service, shop a little, buy some accessories," said Kristina, who handles the coffee and administrative needs.
But customers aren't their only tie to UCF.
Currently four UCF students work at the shop part time, one of which is Sean Mather, a junior health sciences major and mechanic at Velo Creek.
Mather has been at the shop for roughly a month and a half, though he worked at another bike shop for four years before coming to Velo Creek and has been in the industry for 12.
As for what makes this shop different, Mather said selling someone a bike that is affordable as well as durable is the best feeling.
Velo Creek offers apparel, whole bikes and parts, which Mather said is the most common sale, along with tune-ups and rebuilds.
Tune-ups, in a nod to the coffee bar, are on a scale of tall, grande and venti.
As for their coffee, much of what they serve and brew has a local tie.
Their coffee is locally roasted by Blessed Bean out of Longwood, though they do try to have exotic blends from Thailand and Ethiopia.
As for their pastries, they purchase their croissants and guava from Olde Hearth Bread Company in Casselberry and their cupcakes from All From Scratch Bakery in Oviedo.
Velo Creek stopped by Market Day outside of the Student Union on Wednesday and is planning on making it a monthly occurrence.
Where to find Velo Creek Bike & Brew
93 Alafaya Woods Blvd., Oviedo
Coffee shop hours:
Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bike shop hours:
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.