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Style Beacon Bike + Brew caters to the cycling crowd in Prince Edward County

The Beacon Bike + Brew has become a hot spot for cyclists in Ontario's Prince Edward County.

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The thriving wine destination of Prince Edward County, Ont., is also a hot spot for cyclists, a community known to enjoy a good chat over a post-ride beverage and snack. Catering to this pedal-powered crowd is a new addition to the downtown Picton scene. Called Beacon Bike + Brew, it’s a year-round destination that’s part bicycle shop, part fully licensed café. Bright and airy with a decor style best described as a bohemian take on Memphis, Beacon is poised to become a popular gathering spot for visitors and locals of all ages and cycling abilities, and even offers a dedicated play area for its youngest customers.

A few years ago, husband-and-wife owners Jordan and Stephanie Malka were lured from Toronto to the area by its plentiful creative opportunities and easy-going lifestyle. “We fell in love with the area immediately,” says Jordan, an avid cyclist who has worked in restaurant management for more than 15 years. “We’d come out to pick up wine and we really liked the vibe and the culture and the people. It’s kind of an intersection between the GTA and Montreal.” With his experience in hospitality and her mastery of design (she also runs interior-design company Envelopd Design), carving out their own space in the community was the logical next step.

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The decor can best be described as a bohemian take on Memphis.

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The menu at Beacon makes the most of the county’s bountiful agriculture and features beans roasted by Quietly Coffee, of Sterling, Ont., and beer and wine from the many nearby brewers and vineyards. Morning bites and afternoon snacks, such as Scandinavian smorrebrod, are all made with regionally sourced ingredients. In addition to a selection of cycling accessories available to purchase, Toronto’s Blacksmith Cycle has curated a rotating exhibition space of unique hand-built bikes to geek out over.

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Beacon Bike + Brew, 188 Main St., Picton, Ont., 613-471-1818, beaconbikebrew.com.

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