Business: As SMC Music opens at Central Plaza, Cycle Therapy announces its final days.

The day SMC Music completed its migration across town to Central Plaza, its next-door neighbor, Cycle Therapy, announced its preparing to close after 11 years. Facebook photo


Cycle Therapy closing after 11 years: The “about” section on the Facebook page of Cycle Therapy deserves an award for perhaps the best ever written. Simply, it states: “Cycle Therapy is a full-service bicycle shop born from 30 years of passion, engineering and fear of wearing a tie again.” Stress “30 years of passion” — and maybe that tie thing, too.

Trey Smith has been tinkering with bikes for more than three decades and, at one point, decided it was time to invest that passion into making a living. Trey and Julie Smith opened the storefront on Broad Street in the building that now houses another man’s passion — escape rooms. In recent years, they moved to a revitalized Central Plaza joining a few other downtown ex-patriots for unique reasons each has — parking, rent, whatever.

But now the Smiths (Julie joined Trey on a full-time basis a few years in) have other plans. They’ll leave behind a legacy of not just custom bicycling but also of countless hours on various boards and committees, promoting cycling, trails and small business.

This note to customers on Facebook says it all:

“As the old adage says, all good things must come to an end. Cycle Therapy is closing the doors after 11 great years. We will be clearing out all inventory over the next few weeks. In-stock bikes are 20% off and in-stock merchandise 50% off. We will be working through the current queue of repairs but not taking any new repairs. We appreciate your support as Trey and Julie pursue new professional opportunities. TS and JBS.”

The announcement, posted Tuesday morning, comes just SMC Music arrives from across town. SMC closed the store at Hicks Drive between Goodwill and the Dollar Tree and completed the move over the Memorial Day Weekend. “Please excuse our mess…but we are moved and open. Weston and I will help you find what you need as we tidy up,” says one of the top posts on the store’s Facebook page.

Both moves come on the first anniversary of the opening of Central Plaza’s main anchor, Woodstock Furniture and Mattress Outlet. 

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