The ride took a little longer than planned but Electric Lady is now open on E Union just west of 23rd Ave.
Of course Alex Kostelnik ended up with a bitchin’ 206-504-ROLL phone number for the new shop.
The man behind 20/20 Cycle just up the road will now try his hand at addressing the nascent mainstream market for cargo and electric bikes. CHS talked with Kostelnik about his venture last June:
Electric Lady*, inspired by and named in the glow of amazement Kostelnik felt as his wife gave birth to his first child 10 months ago, will feature electric cargo bikes, a full line of new bikes, kits, gear including handmade bike bags and panniers, “and the best touring rack selection in Seattle.” The Lady will also sell Kostelnik’s handmade Kalakala bikes and he’s working on which folding bike and single-rider electric bike brands to feature. The new bike section is set. Italian classic Bianchi, the oldest bike manufacturer in the world, will house its line inside the coming Central District store. *Kostelnik is also a recording engineer so the name is also inspired by Electric Lady Studios, of course, the legendary Greenwich Village studio constructed for Jimi Hendrix.
The Electric Lady showroom is a showcase for cargo “city trekking” bikes designed to carry commuters, and families, and sometimes more than a 100 pounds of stuff plus a rider.
The time for electric has also come, Kostelnik told CHS, thanks to a technological leap forward with new mid drive motors that make for a more natural ride and don’t involve managing a throttle, plus improved lithium ion batteries that squeeze charging time down to a couple of hours.
The new bikes are an investment with price tags ranging from $3,000 to $6,500. Electric Lady also plans to sell kits to help riders on a more limited budget create DIY trekking machines. “I don’t want to be Banana Republic,” Kostelnik told us last year.
What makes ten-year-old 20/20 Cycle work will also be a big part of Electric Lady. Kostelnik said that longtime 20/20 employees Chris Gilliam and Robb Kunz are part of the Electric Lady ownership. Meanwhile, the shop will also have a new neighbor in The Central building when Squirrel Chops cafe+salon opens next door later this year.
Electric Lady will be open at 2207 E Union Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 7 PM for the next few weeks before celebrating with a grand opening planned for April 24th and expanded hours. You can learn more at electricladybicycles.com.