Business booms and engines roar during Bikes on the Bricks
Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:21:45 GMT —
Bikes on the Bricks attracts some of the best police riders in North America but bikes and bricks also mean business.
"You see all the stands set up in the streets and all the customers going up there looks like they spend a lot of money. They do well here," said Louisiana State Trooper Javier Lejia.
Street vendors and permanent Saginaw Street businesses like Cafe Rhema look forward to Flint's last summer event.
"We love having extra business and we anticipate it we bring on extra staff and were here to take care of anybody who walks in the door," said Rhema CafÃ© manager Michael Thiboteu.
Including the hundreds of police officers and even more motor heads.
"I brought my Harley powered dragster out," said Tim Conklin.
Tim Conklin enjoys the praise from fellow bike enthusiasts and supporting downtown development.
"Eat lunch at the cafe and had a very good latte there this morning and whatever other businesses Iâ??m going to check out the hat guy later I think," said Conklin.
For the bikers itâ??s a good time on the flat lot brushing up their skills, and for business itâ??s a great day to open the door.
"Making sure we have enough products make sure were brewing enough coffee for the large lines that are going to start piling up here pretty soon," said Thiboteu.
Despite the occasional fall or stall bikers say this is a learning opportunity for them to get better at what they do and help their communities.
Bikes on the Bricks continues in the U of M flat lot from 10-5 tomorrow.