Squatch Bikes & Brews is located in the Brevard Lumber Yard District on King Street, and has been open for a couple of years. The shop has grown to four employees this year and everyone there is fueling the stoke for mountain biking. The shop leads group rides, mechanics clinics and they are just really nice people.
The shop is owned by former Ohio residents James and Lauren Mattey, who moved here because they love cycling and the outdoors. James was in the construction and landscape business in Ohio, but, like many people, the Matteys have found happiness in the mountains.
“The draw for us is the outdoor lifestyle,” said James. “Western North Carolina has everything. We have been coming down here for years, as often as once every six weeks or so just to ride.” As a cyclist, James knows the Brevard area. His go-to mountain bike ride is the Bracken Mountain trails, where he said he could get a nice mix of everything from fast and flowy downhill to an invigorating climb right off the bat.
His shop is in the middle of a neighborhood that is being revitalized. The Lumber Arts District of Brevard is slowly taking shape, with the purchase of the Brevard Lumber Company building by real estate developer Josh Leder a few years ago. 185 King Street, a music venue and bar, is just across the street from Squatch Bikes and Brews, and homes on King St. are being renovated and sold. Peaks and Creeks Brewery, formerly Tipping Point Brewing from Waynesville, has just opened in the Lumber Yard as well. Things are jumping down on King Street.
Kona, REEB, Intense, Ibis, Rocky Mountain and Mondraker can all be found at the shop. Visitors can rent any of these high-end bikes.
Mechanic Gus Michaels is on the gravity race scene, traveling as far as New Zealand, France and Canada in pursuit of his dreams, and can be found on podiums across the southeast. Newcomers to Brevard, but also living the dream, mechanics Pat Tooley and Sean Bartasec moved here to be a part of the healthy, active community that Brevard is becoming known for.
For more information, call (828) 877-2453 or visit www.squatchbikes.com.