Efforts of a native Bostonian to convert an old bike shelter in Dorchester into a bike shop and cafe could get a boost in the form of funding. The Sip & Spoke Bike Kitchen, the brainchild of Noah Hicks, is in contention for a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, according to Eater’s sister site Curbed.
Hicks’ proposal to turn a 115-year-old bike shelter in Uphams Corner into a bike and coffee shop would also include the use of the Pierce Building as a hub for arts and culture in Dorchester. The bike shop portion of the equation involves a partnership with the Bowdoin Bike School, a community teaching shop in Dorchester, which Hicks has had planned for since word of his campaign first surfaced early in 2016, as previously reported.
Those in support of the measure can cast a vote online for Sip & Spoke to receive $150,000 in funding and help preserve the historical elements of these buildings. Hicks’ plans for the shop previously included space for bike maintenance and repair, in addition to a cafe serving coffee and foods from local vendors.