New Haven (WTNH) - There's no question, most small business owners face a lot ofchallenges. Still, one man decided to set up shop in one section ofNew Haven. Now, after nine years, he's moving his business.
There's a nostalgic feel when you enter this bicycle shop in NewHaven.
"I started "The Devil's Gear" with $600," said Matthew Feiner,owner of "The Devil's Gear" bike shop.
Feiner likes it that way. His store is dripping with bicyclememorabilia, housed in a building on Lower Chapel that's more than100-years old.
But there will soon be a time when Feiner's customers no longerwheel their bikes out of this particular shop.
"The people who owned the building have vision of a bike shop,coffee shop, and apartments. That unfortunately hasn't played out,"Feiner said.
After nine-years at this location, Feiner is pedaling his shopdowntown. There are several reasons. "We were robbed," he said."Twenty-five kids broke in and stole 25 bicycles."
Besides, looking backwards isn't something cyclists oftendo.
"It felt like, 'Wow, I'm making the right decision.' If that'shappening, God only knows what will happen next," Feiner said.
So while it's true Feiner's dream of a bustling neighborhoodnever game to fruition, he's not giving up on New Haven. He lovesthe nostalgia that accompanies an old city but he loves the promiseof the future even better.
"I love the Elm City. I love New Haven. Us moving down to thecenter of New Haven is going to allow us to do our business evenbetter," said Feiner.
Feiner gives a lot of credit to the New Haven Police Departmentwho happened to be driving by during the break-in. Several peoplewere arrested. As for the move, Feiner can't say where yet, but hesaid it will happen in the next couple of months.
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