While it seems like summer was just yesterday, and fall had barely begun, clearly winter is here and looks to be sticking around for quite a while. Ski resorts are already open in the Upper Peninsula and the rest of the state is not far behind. Soon, Blue Water area skiers will have an expanded option when outfitting for their next trip.
John Eppley, of Alpine Cycles, wants to build on the local company’s long history, which his father, Kurt Eppley, and uncle, Bob Eppley, started in 1981. They already have a full-service bike shop and ski shop along with a skateboard, scooter, and accessory shop. The family business expanded in 2008 with a skate shop next door and has been active in raising funds for a new skatepark at Optimist Park in Port Huron. But, there’s even more happening with Alpine Cycles, as they have announced their expansion into another storefront just down the street from their original shop.
Alpine has expanded their operations into 720 Huron Avenue, the former Cool City Games location, with the new space as a dedicated ski shop. They now own all four storefronts, including Jan’s Hair Design, which is staying in the space between the Alpine stores. John said they want to bring back the local ski culture and have a place where ski enthusiasts can meet up before they hit the slopes. He sees potential for the ski culture to flourish and is excited to be a part of it. While the ski shop is now open for business, a Grand Opening is planned for Small Business Saturday.
Reporting for WGRT, Karly Hurley.