Motion Makers Bicycle Shop and Outdoor 76 announce Grand Opening in Cherokee

by Jun 4, 2018COMMUNITY sgadugi


Motion Makers Bicycle Shop, with stores in Asheville and Sylva, has announced it is open for business at the Big Cove Road location in Cherokee. A grand opening celebration will take place Saturday, June 16 along with the grand opening of their partner store Outdoor 76.

The celebration will include refreshments, BBQ, vendor giveaways and more. More details will be made available on Facebook.

Motion Makers and Outdoor 76 are at the jumping point for a plethora of recreational opportunities on the corner of Big Cove and Acquoni Roads in Saunooke Village. The shop sits at the gateway to Smoky Mountain National Park at the beginning of the popular Oconaluftee River trail head. The newly developed Fire Mountain Trail system is right next door, along with nearby Western Carolina University and Tsali trails. It’s also near the southern terminus of the Blue Ridge Parkway and several legendary gravel bike routes in the National Park. Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the most visited National Park in the US and with over 800 miles of maintained hiking trails and natural attractions.  It’s a hiker’s heaven. This unique collaboration of specialty bikes and outdoor gear under the same roof in a great community and at the southern gate of the National Park is exciting, to say the least.

“Cherokee has slowly evolved into an outdoor gateway for the Smoky Mountains”, says Owner Kent Cranford. “We are excited to offer bikes and gear for the adventures that are literally steps from our front door.”

Open five days a week (closed Tuesday and Wednesday) from 10am – 6pm, Motion Makers offers bikes and gear from affordable to boutique brands for all types and level of rider along with a bike rental service. Outdoor 76 provides quality, specialty hard goods and apparel to cover all price points – from lifestyle to the most technical needs. Both companies are enthusiastic about their grand opening. Held in conjunction with the Fire Mountain Inferno XC & Enduro Event on June 16 and 17, there will be a lot of activity and enthusiasts in and around Cherokee.

“It’s hard to put into words how excited we are to be a part of such a comprehensive shop where enthusiasts can talk to experts about multiple outdoor activities, not to mention in Cherokee – a community that loves these mountains the same way we do’, says Rob Gasbarro, a co-owner of Outdoor 76.  “Our company’s foundation is all about honoring the creation, the beauty around us, and responsibly enjoying it as it was meant to be enjoyed. We’re so grateful to be a part of this on every level – from being a part of Saunooke Village, to knowing that we can have a role in equipping someone to have a life changing experience in these mountains.”

Founded in 1986, Motion Makers Bicycle Shop has a simple mission, connect people to the power of movement. Consistently ranked as one of America’s Best Bike Shops, Motion Makers is a friendly customer oriented bike shop that delivers an unrivaled cycling experience from start to finish. With locations in Cherokee, Sylva and Asheville, Motion Makers Bicycle Shop has friendly staff, expert technicians and a large selection of bikes and gear. Through the years Cranford and his staff have created a retail environment with a pulse and culture that keeps customers coming back for their top-notch service, the chance to talk with friends and be a part of the local cycling community.

Outdoor 76 opened their doors in the fall of 2010 in the beautiful mountains of Franklin. Their staff is made up of outdoor enthusiasts who have spent years hiking, paddling, climbing, cycling, camping and fishing the mountains of Western North Carolina and abroad. The shop features an incredible selection of men’s and women’s clothing and shoes, along with a very comprehensive selection of technical backpacking gear and accessories, as well as recreational paddling equipment – plus everything else you’d expect from a full-service outfitter. If they sell it, they’ve used it.

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