Here I am again, writing another blog post. This one is different, though. It’s different because it will probably be that last one I write for No Boundaries.
If you’re reading this, you probably already know that I have come to the decision to close the doors on No Boundaries here in Boyne City. It was a tough decision, not one I made lightly, believe me. It took a lot of soul-searching and some in-depth discussions with my wife to come to the realization that it was time to move on.
Many people upon hearing the news were quick to point out “But you guys just moved!”. This is very true; I moved the business to a new location with the very best intentions. At the time, I felt as though the location closer to the water and adjacent to the new bike path would be a real plus for the business and for its ability to serve the customers. I still believe that.
Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel I had the 100% commitment and focus I needed in order to bring my “A” game each and every day. Like any story, there are always plots going on behind the scenes. My situation is no different. I took over full ownership of the business at a time when the business had some big hurdles to overcome. It wouldn’t have been impossible, but it would have required a huge gamble and monumental effort. Right now, at this time in my life, I just wasn’t able to make that commitment. Some things are more important to me. Really good things, actually!
I will be in the process of winding down the business for a while. I need to get my arms around just how to do that best; how to liquidate inventory, reconcile some obligations to vendors and suppliers, clear out fixtures, tools and supplies, etc. It will be a while before we leave the scene for good. I will try to keep folks posted on where things are – I will probably do that via our Facebook page, through email blasts, here on the blog site, or on the store website. Stay tuned.
It’s important that I say THANK YOU to each and every person who has made the effort to be part of No Boundaries, either as a friend and supporter, a team member or employee, or as a valued customer. All of you have made this a truly rewarding experience for me and my family. We have made and solidified lifelong friendships for which we are extremely grateful. I have no doubt that these relationships will continue!
By leaving the business community, I realize there may be a number of loyal customers who will be bummed. The list of great people who relied on us for quality bike service is long indeed, and I’m sorry I won’t be there to provide you with service any longer. For those looking to become familiar with another great shop, please look up the folks at Latitude 45 in Petoskey. I know that there are plenty of choices out there, but Christian and his crew have been great to work with in the past; great supporters of cycling and racing here in Northern Michigan. I thought it was really cool when he told me “I would be honored to have you recommend us and I will promise that we will treat your customers with the same high level of respect and customer service that you have provided them.”. Good stuff right there! You can find out more about them by heading over to their website, http://latitude45.com/
Many have asked what I plan to do next. Honestly, I’m not entirely certain. Because I gave myself up to the concept of No Boundaries completely, I never really had a plan for an exit strategy. It’s hard to look forward when there is so much to do in the present. That being said, I will begin to look to the future – I’m sure that there will be an opportunity somewhere for me. I can tell you a few things:
I’ll be spending a lot of time with my wife and kids! We’re looking forward to spring and summer and all that those amazing seasons have to offer.
I will continue to work on behalf of Challenge Mountain and its Board of Directors. It is a truly amazing organization, with so many wonderful, compassionate people. There are a lot of plans in place to enhance what is already an incredible organization! I am excited to be a part of that process.
I will continue to be involved with the community and local events.
I will continue to have an active role in the school system, as an involved parent of three kids.
I will play a role in the development of a Youth Wrestling Program here in Boyne City, and I will continue to help coach the high school wrestling team.
I will continue to operate Human Powered Adventures, the race/event business I started in order to raise funds and awareness for Challenge Mountain, and specifically, the Adaptive Bike Program. I will also add some services and features to the business. You can keep up to speed with those developments by going to our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/humanpoweredadventures?fref=ts, or by going to the website, http://www.humanpoweredadventures.com/.
I will ride a ton more than I have in the last few years…
Things are going to work out, folks. Change is good, something we should all embrace – because it’s going to happen whether we want it or not. I am at peace with where I am, where I have been, and where I am going. It’s all good!