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Heritage Bikes & Coffee in Lakeview (WTTW News)

Ever thought about sipping on a cup of coffee while looking for a bike? Well, that’s exactly what an entrepreneur started in the Lakeview community.

Chicagoan Michael Salvatore has combined two things he loves: coffee and bicycles.

“The idea of pairing bikes and coffee actually came out because we did a lot of street fairs and festivals and we couldn’t afford rent in New York,” said Salvatore. “It was really easy to see how people were engaging with me when they had a coffee in hand, and I thought let’s create that environment permanently.”  

Salvatore is a fifth-generation Chicagoan, but when he lived in New York, he and his buddies started a bicycle business from his basement. That concept slowly evolved when he opened his first shop Heritage Bikes & Coffee in Lakeview.

“Well, heritage for me was a term to celebrate not only my family heritage in Chicago, but also the cycling…

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