In the mid-atlantic region the air is getting colder, the leaves have changed colors and started to fall, and there doesn't seem to be enough daylight anymore. Obviously, this means that it's time once again for the Philadelphia Bike Expo. For the past couple of years we've enjoyed exhibiting there because of our passion for cycling. Since we run an online business we rarely get to interact with our customers so it's great when something like this comes along and we actually get to talk to people. Face to face. IN REAL LIFE! Honestly this show is one of the highlights of our year.
If you've never had the pleasure of attending the expo it "…promotes the fun, function, fitness and freedom to be found on two wheels. The Philly Bike Expo creates an environment that fosters relationships between the cycling community and the dedicated companies and organizations that are the foundation of bicycles as a lifestyle." There's a combination of retail, activism, information, a lot of really neat bikes, and us. We brought a selection of our bicycle related art, some jerseys, and some neat give aways.
Since we're in south Philadelphia we packed all of our stuff onto a borrowed trailer (thanks Aaron!), loaded Hazel into her bike seat, and rode up to the convention hall for set up on Friday afternoon. Upon arrival it was nice to see some old friends and familiar faces getting their booths ready for the show.
The start of the show on Saturday didn't exactly go as planned because Hazel had a cold. So instead of taking turns playing with our one year old throughout the day, Eleanor took her home after a brief appearance for some snuggling. That left me to staff the booth for the rest of the weekend with some occasional help from friends.
In honor of the Bike Expo we debuted our "Philadelphia Bikes" print series.
The whole weekend was wonderful. I got to meet some great new people and reconnect with many others. Many were discovering our work while some were coming back to this year's expo to buy their fourth or fifth print. Feeling the energy at the show makes us excited to create new things and interacting with our customers is the icing on the cake. Thank you to everyone that took the time to stop and talk with us. It was a pleasure meeting you. Special thanks to Bina and the Bilenky family for organizing and running an amazing event! We hope to see all of you again soon.