Schlegel Bicycles is designed for cyclists of all varieties — from the casual rider to the triathlete. Owner Steve Schlegel is among business owners who have opened shop in Oklahoma City's up-and-coming Automobile Alley. A sense of community, walkability and the mix of restaurants and retailers help make the area unique, said Schlegel, who moved to Auto Alley in 2007. “Just the energy and the vibe … it's a whole new area from what it used to be 10 or 15 years ago.”
Find it: In Automobile Alley at 900 N Broadway Ave. Call 232-4040, or go to schlegelbicycles.com.
HILLARY MCLAIN, STAFF WRITER
What started about three years ago as a catering company led by two women who love to cook became Pie Junkie. Owners Darcy Schein and Leslie Coale-Mossman had lines out the door their first night open at Live on the Plaza in May. “It's comfort food,” Schein said. “It's something we've all grown up with.” Pie Junkie bakes more than two dozen varieties; favorites include macadamia-crusted key lime pie and the drunk turtle, a fudge pie in graham cracker crust topped with pecans and salted caramel.
Find it: In the Plaza District at 1711 NW 16. Call 605-8767, or go to piejunkieokc.com.
CARMEN FORMAN, STAFF WRITER
Justin Sowers and Travis Searle used to carry around a rubber tub filled with vinyl records, trying to sell them to friends and neighbors. Once they graduated from the University of Oklahoma, they opened a store in 2003 in Norman. “We thought we were going to be so poor that we would have to live in a back room,” Sowers said. Guestroom Records found a loyal following of old-school music fans. Success led to two more stores in Oklahoma City.
Find it: At 3701 N Western Ave. and 25 S Oklahoma Ave. in the ACM@UCO building. Call 601-3859 (Western) or 601-4465 (Bricktown), or go to guestroom-records.com.
KYLE HINCHEY, STAFF WRITER