A local motorcycle shop is celebrating its new 4,600-square-foot building.
Columbia River Cycle LLC opened at 1856 Terminal Drive near Richland Airport in September, but will have its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, said Jared Barber, 35, who owns the shop with his wife, Mindy Barber.
The event will offer 100 pounds of free pulled pork, a soda fountain, classic rock and blues bands and a bounce house for kids. Motorsports vendors from across the area will be on hand.
“We pride ourselves in our work and our customer service, and are looking forward to bringing our individuality, honesty, and hospitality to the motorsport world of the Tri-City area,” Mindy Barber said.
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Jared Barber has long had a love of motorcycles.
“I was that kid who collected baseball cards to put them in the spokes of my bicycle so it would sound like a Harley going down the road,” he said.
Jared Barber moved on to his own business after working for years at a local motorcycle dealership. Columbia River Cycle started in his Kennewick garage before he could get a permanent location.
“I’d rather fail than have regrets at 60, so I just thought I’d do it,” he said.
Columbia River Cycle can do simple repairs for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles or snowmobiles. Or it can fix up a bike’s engine, fabrication or whatever else the owner wants.
“We just do a lot of performance, a lot of custom stuff, really,” Jared Barber said. “Outside the box is what we like to say.”
The store now has parts and service areas. But Barber said they will soon have about 40 motorcycles for sale, ranging from Harley-Davidsons to dirt bikes.
The building on Terminal Drive is the former home of a bounce house party business, according to Herald archives.