Project Awarded $75,000 for Building Preservation

We are please to report that Historic Boston Incorporated was awarded a $75,000 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets grant from The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America, and American Express. While this funding is for the preservation of the building and not the interior build out for The Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen, it does get the project one step closer to completion. Special thanks to Upham's Corner Main Streets and Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation for collaborating with Historic Boston Incorporated on this grant that resulted in much needed financial support for this project.  

Come Hear Noah Speak about Building Bike Spaces in Under-Resourced Communities

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Noah has been busy this summer expanding the Bowdoin Bike School operations in Dorchester and spreading the word to others about the importance of building the bike infrastructure in under-resourced communities. On August 2, Noah will be the featured speaker at a Bike Talk Social Hour hosted by the Sommerville Bicycle Committee. Join us at 6:30 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewing Company 14 Tyler Street in Somerville!

Meet our Cafe Manager, Kristina Jackson

Kristina Jackson was born and raised in Buffalo, New York.  She started in the food and beverage industry early on, learning the ropes at local restaurants.  She often spent afternoons at Spot Coffee, a popular watering hole for young Buffalo residents. She attended SUNY Fredonia where she studied music performance.  In 2010, she moved to Ithaca, New York to continue her studies in opera, vocal health, and early music at Ithaca College. Like many graduate students, Kristina spent much of her time drinking coffee to get her through all-nighters in the library and vigorous rehearsal schedules.  She lived only one block away from Gimme Coffee, a well-known coffee shop and roastery.  It was here she had her first true exposure to third-wave, high quality coffee.

Kristina quickly discovered that the meticulous spirit and learning aptitude that serves her so well as a classical musician is a perfect match for the artisanal coffee world.  She moved to Boston in 2014, where she immediately began working in coffee shops around town, including Dwelltime and Fazenda.  She currently works as a barista at Fleck Coffee, where she spends her early mornings making pourovers and lattes for Newton commuters. Kristina heavily values the ritual of sharing coffee with family, friends, and the community.  In our faced-paced, grab and go society, it is essential to slow down and take time to make intimate, human connections.  Kristina hopes to bring this to The Sip & Spoke, one cup and one conversation at a time.

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More Press for the Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen!

Next City recently published a piece about the Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen and the historical and cultural significance of reactivating a long-ignored streetcar station into a community bike cafe.

“My imagination started to run wild. I thought about restoring not only the building but its importance as a transit hub,” he says. “Another blow that has been dealt to this community is the persistent undermining of public transit, and progressive and safe streets as a way to get around.”


Recent Press for The Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen and Bowdoin Bike School!

Bowdoin Bike School wants to improve cyclists’ lives. Dorchester Reporter (9/3/2015). Link.

"Part of our shop experience is that we include you in the repair process,” Hicks said. “We want people to stay out on the road. We want people to love their bikes.”

A bike shop grows in Boston. People for Bikes (9/3/2015). Link.

"Hicks is always seeking more financial support-from companies, organizations and individuals-so he can keep his shop affordable for everyone. But one thing he's not lacking in is community support. Just 24 hours before the grand opening, a team of volunteers (many of them young people from the neighborhood) was moving bikes, tools and parts into the new Bowdoin Bike School location"

Bike repair and coffee shop slated for Upham’s Corner. Bay State Banner (6/18/2015). Link.

"As a youth from the community, it's exciting to know that not only will I train people in a marketable skill, but I can offer people economic opportunity and employment," Hicks says."

Bike Kitchen coming to Uphams Corner in Dorchester. Boston Globe (6/8/2015). Link

“The Comfort Station is an important part of Uphams Corner’s history,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a news release. “We are thrilled to see it returned to use, and look forward to the continued revitalization of this important neighborhood.”