I found myself leaving Phoenix, AZ back in 2010.Lisa and I had just married, and we had decided to head back to the midwest to live around our folks.I was working at a naturopathic doctor’s office, and we were working on adding to our family.In the meantime, I’d opened Screw City Cycle Company (affectionately named after Rockford, IL, the screw capital of the world) with an old friend and fellow motorcycle nut.We had a good run, but I was more focused on increasing my motorcycle knowledge than I was running a business, the bump growing in my wife’s belly, and getting back to AZ, a place I had grown very fond of.
We closed the doors, and my family of three moved back to AZ, where I fell into the role of stay-at-home-Dad. Our daughter soon came, and my motorcycle habit had to slow down a little, but I’ve continued to do online business over the years as SCCCo.We probably sell the most fork gaiters in the country. Manufactured and sold in the good ‘ol USofA.
As we reflected on the past and what our future was going to look like, Lisa and I decided to start researching potential places to re-locate to.We loved our life in AZ, and the group of friends we made were like family, but if we stayed there, our kids would never really get to know their grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.A lot of research led us to Knoxville.My brother and his family live an hour outside of Knoxville, it was the half-way point between Nor-IL and FL (where our folks live), the weather was mild, the mountains were there, it was home to the mighty University of Tennessee, and the size of the city seemed just right. (I later found out that the motorcycle riding is second to none here as well!)
We sold our home in PHX, packed up a U-Haul truck and trailer, and headed east. We instantly fell in love with Knoxville and it’s people and soon were wearing orange and singing along to Rocky Top.We’d found our home!
I had put a plan in place to open another brick and mortar store when I moved here, but I knew it would take time. Two years later, it is all coming to fruition. The people of Knoxville have embraced our idea and have been so helpful.We’ve worked hard to get here, and I’m proud that someone out there might be reading this right now.My life is an open book.Have any questions, just ask!And thanks again for supporting our family business.We are beyond grateful!!