Timbuk2 is getting ready to open the doors on its downtown retail store May 4, the company’s first store outside its hometown San Francisco. It is also their first store in a downtown location anywhere.
“Being our first store outside San Francisco, we wanted to expose ourselves to a wider market,” said Retail Manager Bryan Shawley.
The store is also something of a big step for Seattle bike-inspired retail. After all, here’s a company that got its start making bags for people on bikes opening a shop in the city’s most mainstream downtown retail center.
And Shawley is confident the store will do well in Seattle.
“We’ve thought a lot about how our bags perform in this climate,” he said. The company has expanded well beyond products aimed at people cycling, but rainy-weather needs are still a big part of their designs.
So why else pick Seattle?
“Through our wholesale partners and website, we know that a lot of Timbuk2 customers live here,” he said. Both cities have similar big cycling scenes, which was a factor in their choice.
The story’s grand opening party will be May 4. Adult beverages, cotton candy, sandwiches, a DJ and more are in the works (see details on the SBB calendar).
More photos from the under-construction store:
A bit of company history, this is the sewing machine that made the first Timbuk2 bags: