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A couple of weeks ago, we noticed a post over on the Madison Valley News’ Facebook page, which said a new cycling shop was going in just off of East Madison Street at 514 28th Avenue East. This location is in the triangular building between Luc and Rover’s and behind Madison Center – home of many notable Madison Valley restaurants and businesses.

The Madison Valley News' photo of the papered store front. Credit: Madison Valley News
The Madison Valley News’ photo of the papered store front. Credit: Madison Valley News

We contacted the owner of the building, The Schuster Group, and its representative for the leasing of the space, who named the new business’ owners, Glory Cycles. Based out of South Carolina, Glory Cycles is an online store where high-end cyclists can find everything they need for gear, from handle bar tape to the bikes and frames themselves. Their online store was opened in 2001.

But more than just an online retailer, Glory Cycles is an idea. Their first local bike shop opened in Greenville, South Carolina in 2011. It’s a space where cyclists can work on their bikes with a great space, the best tools, and supplementary how-to videos and professional racing featured on a flatscreen TV. recently published a Q&A with Glory Cycles’ owner, Clive de Sousa, which outlines that store’s concept and Glory Cycles’ story. Will the Madison Valley location be similar?

Unfortunately, all we know is that it will at least be a retail location. Mr. de Sousa was kind enough to respond to us when we reached out to him: “We will be opening a retail store at this location in the summer, but as yet do not have a firm date,” he said.

Stay tuned, and we’ll be sure to update with any applicable Madison Valley news and if we hear anything from Glory Cycles before the estimated opening in summer 2013!

Featured photo from Glory Cycles’ Flickr Feed, of the South Carolina Shop.

This past Summer Tully’s Coffee packed up shop at it’s 4026 East Madison St. location which they had occupied for nearly 20 years. It was determined that the location was not profitable. Since the departure of the coffee shop residents of the neighborhood have speculated, and circulated rumors of what would be filling the vacant commercial space. It appears that the speculating can come to an end. In recent Madison Park News, HomeStreet bank has leased the space and will be moving into it later on this year after they have completed extensive tenant improvements necessary for them to open for business. I am not in favor of adding a 5th bank to the fray, as I was hoping for another restaurant or shop occupy the storefront, but I am glad to see the space has finally been leased.

Featured photo from Wallace Properties.

Our quiet little neighborhood might not get a whole lot of action, but it sure attracts attention! And for good reason – we have some pretty fantastic shops and restaurants, if we do say so ourselves. Seattle Magazine is the latest to notice, with their rundown of the Best Shops in Seattle 2012. We had two listings; the Best Women’s Boutique and the Best Housewares Shop!

Madison Valley’s very own women’s apparel store, Canopy Blue, won the Best Women’s Boutique of 2012. It’s had a new spark ever since the new owner Danielle Ackerley took charge last summer. It’s not only a great stop for great clothing, but it’s also host to many a wine night and shopping event of late!


Down the street in Madison Park sits a once-pop-up shop and home décor paradise. Guesthouse’s constantly changing offering of home décor accessories, furniture pieces and delights for the house is a little world of eclectic and fun – the perfect spot to find a great gift or that item you’ll love for years to come.

Photo from inside the Guesthouse Store, photo by Daniel Done.

Congrats to both of these Madison Park boutiques for getting some thumbs-up from the greater Seattle community!

In concurrence with national non-profit One Warm Coat’s “Warm Coats & Warm Hearts” promotion, our very own Café Flora in the Madison Park/Madison Valley neighborhood is extending their Cafe Flora happy hour beverages for the month of January.

So far, One Warm Coat’s partner for the drive, Burlington Coat Factory, has received over 114,000 donated coats since the beginning of November. The drive continues through January 21st at Burlington Coat Factory stores around the U.S., and Madison Park’s Café Flora has gotten in with their very own support of the cause to keep those in need warm.

Bring your lightly used or new winter coats to Café Flora throughout January and receive discounted drinks at Cafe Flora happy hour prices Monday through Thursday. You’ll be getting a head start on your spring cleaning, helping those cold and less fortunate, and enjoying a break on prices all at once!