Shop name: Circuit BMX Shop Location: Pawtucket RI Years in business: 15 Best year yet: 2020 Worst year yet: 2009
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Victor Bettencourt: Personally I thought, oh shit. This is it, we are shutting down and we will be struggling for a little while. It ended up being quite the opposite.
Shop name: Signature Bmx Location: Vantaa, Finland Years in business: 15 Best year yet: 2010 Worst year yet: 2020
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Signature Bmx: A bit worried if we can keep the shop open.
Did you take any action from the start or were you thinking this would be over in a few weeks? Signature Bmx: We stocked some sanitizers and disinfectants immediately. It was pretty obvious this will take some time. Finnish people keep distance naturally and don't socialize too much so it's been quite easy. We're definitely not a hugging nation.
Shop name: 5050 Bike & Skate Location: Layton, Utah, USA. Years in business: 19 Best year yet: 2017 Worst year yet: 2008
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Eddie Buckley: We were freaking out a bit because we were uncertain if they would let us stay open and also worried people would just start killing over in the streets.
Did you take any action from the start or were you thinking this would be over in a few weeks? Eddie Buckley: We took action pretty much right away. I have a friend, Sharon Cook, that works for the State of Utah. Sharon gave me a bit of a heads up on how to protect ourselves, our customers,
Shop name: Kings Rideshop Location: Cathedral City, California Years in business: 17 years as of May 2021 Best year yet: Financially 2020…riding I peaked a while back Worst year yet: I fucked my shoulder up bad in ’98 I think. Financially.. like 2011? A few years were pretty fucked up.
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? James Colella: I remember thinking it was going to get interesting, I was trying to think how I could make business still work and I had KR masks made really early, I think ordering them late February but as a joke, within a couple weeks people were lined up outside the shop waiting in the morning to buy one.
Shop name: BROS BIKE STORE Location: LYON, France Years in business: The shop was born in May 2014 Best year yet: 2020 Worst year yet: 2014
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Fabien Conry: Like always a new crisis is showing up, it’s always scary and it brings stress. And maybe a bit more for stressed people which we are part of hahaha. We navigated through an international financial crisis over the year but this new health crisis brings a bit more anxiety as it was new
Shop name: BMX24SEVEN Location: BOXMEER, NL Years in business: 21 YEARS Best year yet: 2019 Worst year yet: Our company grew every year, in 2020 we cannot continue the growth.
2020 has been, well, different. When did Covid-19 turn up and start influencing your business? Sander Bisseling: Almost immediately, when covid 19 appeared in China at the end of 2019, this had a direct impact on deliveries and productions that we deal with.
Did you take any action from the start or were you thinking this would be over in a few weeks?
Shop name: Powers BMX Shop Location: 3119 Williamsburg Road, Richmond, VA 23231, USA. Years in business: 16 Best year yet: Every year gets better and better Worst year yet: Will be when people stop riding BMX
What were your first thoughts on Covid-19 when it hit? Chad Powers: I freaked out! Told the dudes we were all working a rotating schedule and if they wanted to file unemployment then to do so. That only lasted about a week.