Changes for Island bike, music shops

Changes are ahead for Islanders who are looking to get their musical instruments fixed or a bicycle  tuned up just in time for school.

Parents of Island student musician and serious cycling enthusiasts will take a big sigh of relief.

Dan Sotelo, a former owner of  Budget Line Instruments and currently a bike repair business, is moving out of his long time  location at 3631 82nd Avenue S.E. The business, in a house at the intersection of Island Crest Way and 82nd Avenue S.E., has been very convenient. But for Islanders who need a bike tune up or a quick tweak to a brake, as well as new pads for a clarinet, the change only involves a hundred yards or so.

Sotelo's business is just moving across the street and five house south, to the home of Andrew and Veronika Baklinski at the corner of 82nd Avenue S.E. and S.E. 38th Place. The Baklinskis, who have purchased the music business, are renaming it, Mercer Island Music Express.

Sotelo, who has rented space for his cycling repair shop, said that his landlords are moving back into the house and intend to remodel and enlarge it.

Sotelo and the Baklinskis will share quarters for a time in a renovated space taking shape in the garage at the Baklinskis’ home.  The driveway will be left open for those who need to drop off or retrieve an instrument or a bike. Veronika Baklinski noted that the reason for “Express” in the name of the business is to emphasize that customers will not even have to leave their car if they do not want to. "We will come out to your car, take or return your instrument and have an ipad to take orders or to make payments," she said.

Sotelo, who worked for Shimano, a Japanese manufacturer of cycling components, for many years will look for new space for his business after the moves are settled.

Both businesses will be open in August.

Contact Sotelo at 206-829-8297 for more information.


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