Squatch Bikes & Brews – 2017


Squatch Bikes & Brews opened its doors last spring in the Brevard Lumber Yard District on King St., and the crew there has hit the ground wheels turning.

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.

20170227WNC Photo Squatch08“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 new 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 St., 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.

20170227WNC Photo Squatch01Keeping with the Bikes, Beer and Brevard theme, Squatch Bikes & Brews has a number cans and bottled beer and may open a few taps in the future.

Kona, REEB, Intense, Rocky Mountain and Pivot Cycles can all be found at the shop. Visitors can rent any of these high-end bikes. Employee Gus Michaels can be found taking KOMs on the local trails, and wrench Mike Colonna is happiest on big backcountry adventures. 

Learn more about Squatch Bikes & Brews at www.squatchbikes.com or call (828) 877-2453.


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