Spun Bicycles passion for wheels and attention to business details has been the hub of their success so far. Although the LoPrestis had no experience in retailing or managing a business, their passion for bicycles convinced SCORE counselor Carlin Stamm that they could make their ideas work.  After reviewing their business plan and signing their lease, the LoPrestis moved into space in the historic Hoffner Lodge at 4122 Hamilton Ave. Dominic, a master mechanic with more than 20 years in the industry, and head mechanic John Myers did all of the rehab work. The result was an attractive and unique store at well under the budgeted amount.

How SCORE helped. 

When SCORE counselor Ed Rothenberg died in May of 2012, he left his daughter Judi a bequest. She and husband Dominic used it to open Spun Bicycles of Northside. It was only natural that the LoPrestis would funnel their passion for cycling into a full service bike shop: they met in a bike shop, their first date was a bike ride and they were married during a cycling trade show. Their passion for wheels and attention to business details has been the hub of their success so far. Revenues their first year are double estimated expectations. And Spun Bicycles has been named SCORE’s December Client of the Month. What’s bittersweet for Judi is knowing that her father, a long time SCORE counselor, has had a hand in her business success. Rothenberg joined SCORE as a volunteer counselor in 2006. He was very active in the small business mentoring organization for new and existing business owners.

“While most counselors take four or fewer cases in a month, Ed would take up to fifteen,” said Mike Martin, greater Cincinnati SCORE chairman. “Those of us who did case assignments really appreciated Ed’s availability to jump in and help out with new clients. Ed is sorely missed.” Although the LoPrestis had no experience in retailing or managing a business, their passion for bicycles convinced SCORE counselor Carlin Stamm that they could make their ideas work. “SCORE helped them develop a business plan and a budget for the location, which they had already picked out,” said Stamm. “They had done their demographics homework in identifying a community that would welcome their shop.” Judi LoPresti said her father was a very successful businessman. “He told me years ago to go to SCORE,” said LoPresti. “And SCORE was a huge help. It was cool to have someone to ask simple questions of. Carlin and I built a close personal friendship as well as business relationship. I still mail him my numbers every month.” After reviewing their business plan and signing their lease, the LoPrestis moved into space in the historic Hoffner Lodge at 4122 Hamilton Ave. Dominic, a master mechanic with more than 20 years in the industry, and head mechanic John Myers did all of the rehab work. The result was an attractive and unique store at well under the budgeted amount. Judi is a natural merchant and Dominic a major part of their uniqueness, said Stamm. They are the perfect partners for this business. “Judi negotiated excellent pricing and purchased a point of sale system which she keeps under control,” said Stamm. “She purchased and then learned how to use QuickBooks in one afternoon and 3 has balanced her books to the penny every month since they opened.” Spun Bicycles offers repairs, restoration work and fabrication for all types of bicycles: fixed gear, BMX bikes; mountain bikes, cruisers, and old cruiser bikes. “We like to stock affordable bikes for the average person, and not focus on the race aspect so much,” said Judi LoPresti. “We also like to restore old classic bikes into beautiful bikes with new parts.”

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