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, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.