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Glenn BurkhartFor owner Glenn Burkhart, the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company (NBIC) is a labor of love.  Though it opened in 2014 on 2nd street, the bicycle rental and service shop only recently moved to its current home on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The bike shop rents and services bicycles and also carries a wide assortment of products to ensure you have everything you need to ride the roads or the local trails.
Glenn has enjoyed bike riding for as long as he can remember, so the most important goal of the shop is to help spread the joy of riding in Roslyn.  “I’m really passionate about the area.  I love the climate, I love the ecology that we have here,” Glenn says, “secondly, I want to support the community.”   The staff is always happy to provide local trail information to help you on your way.  In the Spring and Summer, the NBIC also organizes group rides, often on Saturday mornings, where bikers can just show up and join a ride.  “It’s just an awesome, magical thing when people are group riding, enjoying each other’s company, enjoying the weather, and enjoying riding bikes.” Keep an eye on their Facebook page for those opportunities and be sure to check out the interactive Roslyn trail map available on their website.
The name of the shop, NorthWest Bicycle Improvement Company (a play on the historic Northwest Improvement Company that served as the company store during Roslyn’s coal mining era) is only partially tongue and cheek.  The team provides a wide set of bicycle maintenance, tune-up, and repair services to help you keep your bike performing at its best. Likewise, since the team at the shop possess decades of combined experience working on bicycles, you can be sure you’ll have only top talent repairing or optimizing your ride.
One thing visitors to Roslyn are quick to notice is the number fat tire bikes.  While not exclusively used for Winter riding, fat bikes are ideal for riding in snowy conditions and they help make riding a year-round recreation.  The wide tires provide more grip in the snow, and when the snow melts, they’re great for sand as well (of course, fat tire bikes are available for rent at the shop).  Another emerging trend is bikepacking. As the name implies, bikepacking is like backpacking, except you load up your bike with the necessary provisions and make your escape for days at a time.  If you’re feeling adventurous, a variety of gear and carrying systems are available for transforming your ride into a two wheeled caravan.
If you’re not comfortable on wheels, Snowshoes are also available for rent.  However, if you’re looking to enjoy a ride in Roslyn, regardless of whether you have a bike or need a bike, there is no better place to start your adventure than the Northwest Bicycle Improvement Company! Stop by and let Glenn get you started on your Roslyn ride!

Do you want to experience Winter in Roslyn, but can’t actually make it here to visit this year?  Now you can enjoy a 360 degree video experience! Use your mouse to navigate within the video below, or view it in any YouTube compatible virtual reality device.  Of course, it’s not as good as the real thing, but we hope it makes you feel a bit like being here!

There is a new public space in Roslyn and it’s right in the heart of town.  Roslyn Yard is quickly becoming a popular place to hang out and enjoy the day.  Recently, we caught up with owner, Chris Martin, to learn more.  Special thanks to Planes on Paper for the music used in this segment.

Maggie’s Pantry is a great place to visit for a bite to eat, a cup of coffee and a wide variety of natural and organic foods.  Recently, we sat down with Maggie’s Pantry Manager, Hannah Holden, to learn more about Roslyn’s unique café and natural market.

ParadeLabor Day Weekend in Roslyn is filled with entertaining activities for the entire family.  Celebrate Roslyn’s coal mining history during Coal Miners Days and be sure to join in the fun of Sunday’s parade. This weekend (Sat/Sun), Roslyn also hosts the 3rd Annual High Country Log Show – a fast paced, fun filled logging competition.  On Saturday evening, take in the local art scene during Roslyn’s Art Walk – and on Sunday, browse through fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jams, crafts and more at the Roslyn Sunday Market. The Italian Heritage Celebration also takes place this weekend (Saturday night) at StoneHouse 101.  Check out the video below for a brief look at just some of what this weekend has to offer!

Roslyn Farmers Market LogoThe Roslyn Farmers Market is back in full swing and will be open every Sunday until September 15th.  Be sure to swing by for music, arts and crafts, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, tasty treats, activities and more.  Come for the market and stay for the day, there is plenty of fun to be had in Roslyn in the Summertime!

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BarnQuiltsDid you know Washington has our very own Barn Quilts Trail?  If you’re looking for a fun day trip, come on over to Kittitas and explore the wonderful barns on the beautiful back roads that comprise the Barn Quilts Trail of Kittitas County.  This driving trail was established in April of 2012 and has already grown to more than 50 barns spanning hours of Washington State country side.  View the video below for more information, and visit the Barn Quilts Trail website to learn more about the quilts, the barns, to download maps, and to start exploring the rich agricultural history of this great area.

Roslyn Candy Comapny LogoLast Summer, we featured a story about the new candy shop in Roslyn.  Recently, however, the candy shop changed ownership and has re-launched as the Roslyn Candy Company.  Much of the same great vintage candy and Winegar’s Ice Cream is still available at the shop, but now there is an even greater focus on the creation of hand crafted specialty chocolate treats. We sat down with owners Otto and Alesha to learn more about the shop’s new focus.  They are just getting things started, so be sure to swing by and to say hello and try some delicious chocolates.  The shop’s spring hours are 11am to 5pm every day except for Tuesday.

Don’t miss your chance to visit the Harvest Festival at the historic Nelson Dairy farm in Suncadia this year.  The event takes place during only the first two weekends of October, so there is only one weekend left (at the time of this writing) to come enjoy the harvest!  The festival is packed with fun for the entire family.  Food, drink, arts, crafts, games, musical entertainment, horseback and wagon rides are just a sampling of the activities you’ll find at this year’s event.  The short video below was produced during the first weekend this year (October 5,6 and 7) and additional photos are also available on the WhyRoslyn facebook page.  Additionally, by popular demand, a desktop wallpaper of the image to the left is now available here (right click the link and choose “save as” to download the image to your desktop).

On Labor Day Weekend, Roslyn hosted the Second Annual High Country Log Show.  Axe throwing, pole climbing, log sawing, and obstacle courses were just a handful of the challenges featured in this year’s event.  Congratulations to all of the competitors and thanks for making this a great show!