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Ride Home caters to cyclists, coffee drinkers

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Kris Anderson and his family have opened Ride Home Cyclery, Coffee Bar & Mercantile at 650 High St. in Worthington.

A new bicycle shop soon will be brewing in downtown Worthington, and so will a pot of coffee.

Ride Home is a combination bike store and coffee shop that opened its doors March 28 at 650 High St., in the small shopping center on the northeast corner of High Street and New England Avenue.

Owned by a Worthington family, the shop will cater to all levels of cyclists and serve coffee around comfortable tables at the rear of the store.

"The coffee/bike combination is something you see elsewhere, in places like Portland and Minneapolis," said Ride Home co-owner Kris Anderson. "It's not an out-of-the-ballpark idea."

The shop will be operated by Kris, his wife, Heidi, and their children, Justin, 26, Ryan, 24, Ian, 21, and Emma, 15.

Each will add his or her expertise to the staff, such as stocking, selling, repairing and brewing.

The shop already is stocked with a wide range of city, road and mountain bicycles. Most are for the casual cyclists, though some high-end bikes also will be sold. Special orders will be encouraged.

"We want to be a good neighborhood bike shop," Ryan Anderson said. "We are capable of serving those who ride high-end bikes, but the core customer is the neighborhood."

Kris Anderson said Worthington is a good location for a bike shop because so many cyclists live in the area.

He rides his bike to work in downtown Columbus and knows the terrain, he said.

As for the business' name, "the best part of commuting to work is the ride home," he said.

Besides bikes, the shop carries accessories and will offer repair services and teach classes in how to repair bicycles.

Group rides on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings also will be held.

The shop will carry Crimson Cup coffee and eventually might carry other brands, as well.

The coffee area should be completed in the next few days. After that, the Anderson family will welcome customers who want to grab a cup or sit and socialize.

"If they want to bring their laptops and do some work, that's fine," Ryan Anderson said. "We want this to feel like a place where they want to be."