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Fundraising begins for bike cafe in old Uphams Corner trolley shelter

Proposed Bike Kitchen in Uphams Corner, Dorchester

Architect's rendering. What it looks like now.

Next City introduces us to the Sip and Spoke Bike Kitchen, which could open next year on Columbia Road, providing both a place to get something to eat and a place to buy a bicycle or get one fixed.

Sip and Spoke founder Noah Hicks is crowdsourcing funding to open the shop, which will share the building with the Bowdoin Bike School

Historic Boston Inc. and the American City Coalition are the lead developers on the project.

The building was erected in 1922 as a shelter for riders of the trolleys that used to traverse Uphams Corner.

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Wonder if this is going to be a copy of the bike cafe in Lexington which is extremely popular.

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Ride Studio Cafe is the one in Lexington and it is pretty popular and well regarded by the town and its patrons. But there's another semi-bike themed cafe down Mass Ave in Arlington Center (The Kickstand Cafe) which also gets really good reviews and seems to be pretty popular.

Both shops are popular with non-cyclists too, FWIW.

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The Kickstand Cafe is just a cafe -- no bike repairs or sales.

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...one of these in South Boston!

There are so many bikers here now.

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I bike through this intersection daily on my commute to work downtown and look forward to supporting both the bike repair shop and the cafe. Good use for the long-vacant trolley shelter.

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The last time I went to a concert at the Strand Theatre, I poked my head into the (open) office of Uphams Corner Main Streets and asked them to suggest a place where I could get coffee before the show. They told me to get back on my bike and ride to Savin Hill! There's not even a Dunkin Donuts in that commercial district.

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You Sir are incorrect. There is Dunkin 5 minute walk away: https://goo.gl/vuMDIl
There are also numerous restaurants within 4 minute walk or less.

Did you get your information from non local and now claim you know the area? Please...

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I don't know who you were talking to. Sounds mysteriously like somebody who works there but hasn't bothered to familiarize themselves with the neighborhood, which would be disappointing.

I don't know how the coffee is, but - there's a restaurant next door, a little restaurant or two within a block down Hancock, a takeout place on the corner of Hancock and Columbia, a restaurant across Columbia, a little coffee shop a couple of blocks down Stoughton, and three restaurants in about two blocks on Dudley.

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And I've been going by it since I was an infant. Glad to see it will hopefully be used for something.

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Great entrepreneurship. Hope the 50K is enough for the renovation. I assume city council and the mayor are supporting this effort of smart, small business.

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Historic Boston Executive Director Kathy Kottaridis describes Upham’s Corner Comfort Station, built in 1912, as something you’d likely find on the West Coast, a “more Mission-style Arts and Crafts with the terra-cotta-tiled roofs, that I’m not sure we have. I can’t even think of any that are like that within the city of Boston, so it’s an unusual style.”

I don't know the finer points of distinguishing architectural styles, but I'd say there's some at least generally similar features on the fire station (Engine 21) that's a block away at the corner of Columbia and Annabelle.

Go back in time ~35 years, too. I've seen a couple of pictures of Saint William's Church (just a few blocks away) before the fire. That was Mission Style.

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