Instead, I decided to share this article that I found on the Outdoor Business update site:
It's unfortunate that no shops from Utah were named this year. I belive we have some truly great shops here. Maybe next year. Until then, go visit your favorite LBS. Let them know you appreciate them by giving them your business. Participate in their weekly group rides. If they don't have one, encourage them to start weekly rides. Encourage them to be involved in advocacy, and maybe they will be on the list for 2009.
The League of American Bicyclists announced the 2008 Shops of the Year, as determined by its members. The League's Shops of the Year award recognizes outstanding shops for their commitment to customer service and dedication to encouraging cycling. Winners included Belmont Wheelworks in Belmont, MA, and Genesis Bicycles in Easton, PA.
Andy Clarke, president of the League, said, "The League is delighted to recognize all of the 2008 Shops of the Year for their efforts to promote cycling in their communities. In addition to their outstanding customer service, these shops are involved in advocacy, education and encouragement activities that have
an impact well beyond their shops' walls."
2008 Shops of the Year
Region 1. Belmont Wheelworks. Belmont, Massachusetts
Region 2. Genesis Bicycles. Easton, Pennsylvania
Region 3. Revolution Cycles. Arlington, Virginia
Region 4. American Cycle & Fitness. Commerce Twp., Michigan
Century Cycles. Peninsula, Ohio
HubBub Custom Bicycles. Cleveland, Ohio
Region 5. Bicycle Sport Shop. Austin, Texas
Region 6. Bike Gallery. Portland, Oregon
The League determined the 2008 Shops of the Year winners in a recent membership survey. The League's members were asked what their favorite bike shops were and why. The shops with the most mentions in each region won. Typically, six awards are given - one per region. However, 2008 proved to be a great year for bicycling and for Region 4 where three shops were recognized due to a three-way tie.