Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 17 May 2014 00:00
In a time when a lot of mom and pop stores are going out of business to make way for bigger chains, there is a family business in Mineola that has stayed strong for almost 80 years. Mineola Bicycle, Fitness and Mower on Jericho Turnpike has been in business since 1935, selling the finest two wheel transportation and power equipment in the Nassau County.
“Our business started out in 1935 in a building on the northeast corner of Jericho Turnpike selling bicycles to residents,” said store manager Barry Dworkin. “In the 1950s, we saw there was need for more so we started selling power equipment and snow blowers.”
The building was moved to the opposite corner of the street in 1958.
Dworkin is a fourth generation employee of the store. He is the nephew of store owner Audrey Meinking, who took over the business in 1997 from her uncle Benjamin Rosman. He passed away this past March.
Mineola Bicycle sells all types of bicycles, including mountain, children’s, balance bikes and beach cruisers. The prices range from $99 for kids bikes to $10,000 for the highest-end adult bikes.
They also sell other equipment, including skateboards, electric scooters, stationary bikes for home and office, spin shoes and cycling apparel.
The 8,000-square-foot store has two full service repair shops on the premises. The shop even repairs lawnmowers and snow and leaf blowers.
The store is one of the biggest Toro and Stihl dealers on Long Island, with a gold certified mechanic in Stihl products on staff.
There are always great deals to be had at the store and with the spring season upon us there are highlighted sales including 20 percent off on all cycling apparel and 40 percent off on all winter cycling apparel.
In 2010, The Mineola Bike Club made the store its official meeting spot. On Saturdays and Sundays, cyclists meet behind the repair shop to embark on four different rides throughout the county. Upwards of 100 cyclists meet to ride together on Long Island Expressway service roads and north shore routes and to share stories of cycling adventures with each other.
“It is a great way for bicyclists to get together in the heat of the season, ride through low traffic areas of the County and have a fun day with one another,” Dworkin said.
Mineola Bicycle is at 475 Jericho Tpke. in Mineola. You can find out more at their Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Mineola-Bicycle-Fitness-Mower
Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:00
The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.
Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”
Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.
Friday, 25 July 2014 00:00
Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.
The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.
Thursday, 24 July 2014 00:00
Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset.
The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.