Sip at The Spindle
Studioplex’s cyclist-centric outfitter now fuels riders with caffeine.
Located in Old Fourth Ward’s Studioplex development, The Spindle will soon feed and clothe Atlanta cyclists, thanks to the opening of its new café inside the store this month. The cyclists’ threads destination can now be seen as an outfitter and fuel station.
Owner Sharif Hassan has long wanted to see the Spindle become a place where cyclists can refuel before taking off on new adventures. He’s partnered with Tennessee company Bella Caffe to offer coffee, he’ll serve a selection of beers and has enlisted friend Kyle Torok to provide vegan pies through his bakery, Tinkertown Pies.
The urban commuter shop has long been known for its unique apparel that caters specifically to bikers (think stink-resistant Merino wool shirts and casual shoes. The 400-square-foot space had plenty of room in the back for relaxing and unplugging. “Since we came up with the idea of the shop, we wanted to develop a space where people could hang out and talk about trips,” Hassan says. “It’s a space for the community to come together, and that’s actually why we will not be offering public WiFi.”
The Spindle organizes out of town races and rides to nearby breweries and cafes, venturing as far as Terrapin Beer Co. in Athens. “It will definitely become a cool event space as well,” says Hassan, who is already planning future events and pop-ups from local makers such as bike frame builders, bag designers and jewelry makers.
STORY: Grace Huseth