This article first appeared in print in the July 2019 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.
Tantrum Ride Co. opened the doors to their newly built location on First Street in mid-June. Located between Kevin’s Kitchen and Traverse Night Club, the narrow yellow-painted exterior deceptively hides the building’s spacious interior. Inside the large layout provides ample space for the displays of bikes and accessories, along with the customer service counter and work benches.
The doors at Tantrum Ride Co.’s 306 First Street digs were open for less than a week when the Mountaineer popped in to speak with co-owner Andrew Danyluk. At the time, construction on the two-and-a-half storey, 7,500 square foot building was still underway. Tantrum co-owner Selim Sabbagh and lawyer Michelle Bowlen worked with Tree Construction owner Greg Hoffart to create a commercial building that could meet the certifications for passive house standards in Western Canada.
In a previous story with the Mountaineer, Sabbagh and Bowlen shared how building their own home using high emissions standards played into their desire to create a commercial building that would meet the stringent set of rules used for passive housing standards, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the building’s air quality.
Danyluk said construction efforts were focused on the Tantrum’s location on the main floor in order to allow the bike store to get relocated in time for the start of Revelstoke’s busy biking season. The other parts of the building will house Selkirk Law Corporation, as well as other tenants in the future.
“There’s still work to be done, but we accomplished the goal of getting in here and getting operational,” said Danyluk.
What’s been most surprising, said Danyluk, is the amount of people who didn’t even realize a brand new build was taking place along one of the busiest sections of First Street West. The response to the new location has been a positive one so far, although there were challenge as Tantrum chose not to close their old Connaught Avenue location, and some items are still being moved in. In terms of set up, the new location is drawing on the experience of the owners, as well as what worked and didn’t work in the old location.
“We moved an entire business without closing, so there has been a lot of improvisation of where things are living and seeing how it suits. There will be many changes over the coming months when we can see how the flow of the space feels,” said Danyluk. “I think most people would be surprised to know we’re making it all up as we go along as far as the layout goes. We knew where we wanted to have the work benches and the cabinets, but outside of that we’re freestyling it, a lot of the placement of things. I suspect it will change in the coming months.”
One item Danyluk and Sabbagh knew they wanted to incorporate into the design was an indoor bike wash, located in a recessed area along one of the walls. As for everything else it’s been mostly seeing what fits where.
“It’s a work in progress. I think the final vision is a year or so down the road,” said Danyluk.