Six years after moving to the Highlands, Vic’s Classic Bikes is packing up and moving to Preston Highway.
Owner Vic Miller told Insider Louisville that its building, located at 921 Baxter Ave., was recently purchased and the new landlords are raising the rent. Rather than pay more, he said, he is moving to a larger shop at 3139 Preston Highway on the edge of the Audubon Park neighborhood.
“This is a great location for restaurants and bars and coffee shops, but people don’t go to the bar to watch the game and then spontaneously stop in to buy a bike,” Miller said, adding that his business is a destination.
The new store is one level, compared to the three different levels at the Baxter Avenue shop, and it’s 650 square feet larger, he said.
On Preston Highway, Vic’s Classic Bikes will continue to repair and sell bicycles, but it also will be able to display the couple of hundred vintage bikes from the ’70s and ’80s that Miller owns that are currently in storage.
Miller has always described the business as “part bike shop, part museum.”
The Baxter Avenue location will shut down by the end of this month and reopen on Preston Highway on Aug. 1. Its hours of operation will remain the same: noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Mechanic Perry Finley will continue to be a presence at Vic’s Classic Bikes, as will the shop’s mascot dogs, Bentley and Stella, and the store will continue to support the nonprofit Falls City Community BikeWorks, which teaches aspiring mechanics how to restore bikes.
Miller started the retail and repair shop out of his home garage by selling restored bicycles on Craigslist. He later opening in his first location on Preston Street before moving to Baxter Avenue in 2012.