Bethesda Scooters & Boards Rides Again
The eclectic pop-up store offering scooters, skateboards, surfboards and even a collection of high-end women's fashion from Brazil is coming back permanently in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Owners Kaare Wieneke and Tyson Plumbtree, who operated for four months last summer in the soon-to-be-redeveloped building at Norfolk and Fairmont Avenues, have found a spot across the street (4825 Fairmont Ave.). Wieneke hopes to have the new space open by March 1. A sign was put up in the windows yesterday. Wieneke says the store will also offer safety equipment and give a safety course to scooter buyers. He recently suffered a broken foot and ankle and seriously injured his shoulder after an accident on his electric skateboard. "It changed my whole life," Wieneke said. A month after his last surgery, he found the spot just next to BGR The Burger Joint and took it as a sign. The scooters will start at $1,500 and go up to $3,000. Wieneke lives a block away and said he rarely uses his cars anymore. He's hoping it's a trend that others latch onto in parking-strapped downtown Bethesda. Business during the four-months at the pop-up store was good enough to quickly pay off loans, which Wieneke said was a factor in deciding to open up again. Insurance is required for motor scooters as is $100 annually for a registration tag. "Scooters park on the sidewalk for free," Wieneke said. "Sometimes you just want to go to Safeway or go to a restaurant and it's summer time and you can park right out in front of your restaurant. Scooters I think are up and coming. They're everywhere else in the world and I think their time has come here."