Finding unexpected products or displays in places you thought you knew is like finding $20 in a coat pocket that’s been collecting dust in the back of a closet. Here are some of our favorite unexpected finds that you should have on your radar.
A coffee roaster in a bike shop
Trek Bicycle Store/ Backroom Coffee Roasters
1442 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington
Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 12-5 p.m. Sunday
When Chris Bishop lived in Colorado during college, he fell in love with two things: biking and home-brewing beer. Eventually the home-brewing bug turned him on to roasting his own coffee.
So when Bishop opened the Upper Arlington location of Trek Bicycle Store in 2010 and there was a 900-square-foot room sitting empty in the back, a fully caffeinated light bulb went off.
“Bikes are so seasonal,” Bishop said. “And I had gotten sick of Starbucks.”
Backroom Coffee Roasters micro-roasts its specialty blends every Wednesday. The strong scent of fresh coffee fills the bike showroom up front (perhaps why Bishop says this location has “the most wired staff in the world”).
Shoppers can pick up a bag of beans in a variety of flavors and roasts — $11 each — at Trek or various other locations around town, such as The Hills Market and Katzinger’s. If you just want a cup, Northstar Cafe in the Short North started selling Backroom’s fair trade, organic Biker Blend this month.
The best part? Backroom Coffee Roasters delivers its product via a cargo Bullitt bike.
“The bikes are the main business,” Bishop said. “We just want to make good coffee.”
Home decor in a scooter shop
Capital City Scooters
2509 Summit St., North Campus
Hours: 12-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
This locally owned scooter supplier and repair shop has, of course, a sprawling selection of cool rides, but you’ll also find tiki ceramic-ware and decor, tin posters and $25 vintage-style pin-up girl lamps.
A Rolling Stones tribute in a hair salon
1279 Grandview Ave., Grandview
Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday
Salon owner Gina Leslie loves The Rolling Stones. So much so, she’s been collecting memorabilia from the band since she was a kid. Find the fruits of her rock and roll fandom — from photos of a young Mick Jagger to “Sticky Fingers” album art — all over the walls, counters and cabinets of her salon, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this February.
Photos by Jodi Miller