SHOP SPOTLIGHT: THE BIKE SHOP/ CLIFTON, NJ

How long have you been in business? Since July 2011.

Can you explain how the idea for a store came to be? Jeff Kocsis (Jr.) noticed the shop space was available and we thought it was a great idea to put a bike shop there.

Who owns the shop? Who works there? Jeff Kocsis Sr., and Debbie Kocsis runs the shop. Jeff Kocsis Jr. on occasion too.

What events have you done at the shop in the past few years? A Grand Opening event; we had a big bike jam here at the shop. It was a great turnout.

What changes have you noticed in the scene since the shop opened? The neighborhood seems real happy a bike shop opened in Clifton.

What does The Bike Shop offer that mail-order doesn’t? Service, and being able to look at the item hands-on.

Top three best-selling Animal products: Grips, pedals, hats.

Strangest experience selling an Animal product: Nothing yet, but I’m sure something is bound to happen.

Why carry Animal? Because it’s one of the top-selling items.

What’s something you never expected to happen after opening the shop? It was a lot busier than anticipated.

Any future plans for the shop? Making it the best BMX shop in Clifton.

What is the best thing you gained or witnessed from owning/ starting the shop? Making a lot of new friends, every customer is different, kids are kids.

Where do you see the shop in ten years? Best it’s ever been, and still going strong!

Location: Clifton , NJ 07013
Shop address: 697 Van Houten Ave.
Hours: Monday- Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 11am-4pm
Contact info: 862-899-7979; www.thecliftonbikeshop.com;  thecliftonbikeshop@yahoo.com