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Meet Trailblazer Ané Uno

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ané Uno.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Let’s start with my name Ané – Short for Art Never Ends. This pretty much sums up my daily life.

Five years ago, I gave up a 12-year career in entertainment that kept me abroad half the time and the other half of my time spent programming and producing concerts and entertainment events. A tiresome routine that occupied me 60 to 80 hours a week that left me too tired to enjoy what I did or do what I enjoyed the most, Create.

The Crafty Pedal started as a past time hobby that kept me balanced and sane from my job. Being the design snob that I am and adventurous vintage treasure hunter that I am, I found myself collecting unique accessories, bikes, parts and apparel that appealed to most of my friends and people I came in contact with. Soon, I started helping friends pimp out their bikes, then taking orders to build custom bikes, then long behold, I started making my own accessories and casual cycling apparel. So why not? Why not open a small boutique? in March of 2016, I did just that.

I have always loved vintage and the craftsmanship and elegance of the nostalgia of all things vintage. But don’t get me wrong, I also appreciate new and innovative modern designs. I opened The Crafty Pedal to offer the best of both worlds, integrating classic vintage charm with modern-day durability, performance and comfort.

I love “nice things”, but I understand nice things don’t always come cheap. By offering locally crafted and reclaimed high-end brands, I make owning a nice bike obtainable. To make things even better, every bicycle I work on is uniquely one of a kind and custom built to customer’s specifications.

To keep what I do fun I balance the workflow that comes in by only opening by appointment. Even then, the workflow is enough to sustain and just right to still keep it stress-free. Most my customers become friends and repeat business. The occasional monthly Wrench Night offers free bike tune-ups, apparel discounts, an art show and on a good month, some cool DIY workshops.

Has it been a smooth road?
I’m a one-man team. No loans, no investors and no manpower.

I am 100% self-sustained from marketing to operations and always the front line.

If something was to ever go wrong, (knock on wood) I will always be there!

I have had several people offer to buy my business and or invest. While at times, I have considered it, I’ve yet to find someone with the same hunger and ambition as me.

It has not been easy, but it has always been fun. As it should be!

We’d love to hear more about The Crafty Pedal.
Everything is unique, handcrafted, made local and affordable. I hold monthly pop-ups to showcase some of my designers and contributors.

This sets my shop apart from the 11 bike shops located within a couple of miles around my shop.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Always think BIG!

Don’t worry about starting small,

Just start!

You are your best mentor!

Ané

Contact Info:

  • Address: 755 Valencia St Unit B Los Angeles, CA 90017
  • Website: www.thecraftypedal.com
  • Phone: 323-350-2935
  • Email: thecraftypedal@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @thecraftypedal
  • Facebook: @thecraftypedal
  • Twitter: @thecraftypedal

Image Credit:
@aneuno

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