Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Owner Jaime Arrieta is all smiles, and a total cycling fanatic. His initial plans were for a bicycle-powered coffee outfit, but he spotted a 1964 Kaiser Jeep while cycling through an alley one day. It wasn’t long before he contacted the owner, shelled out a few hundred bucks and busted out some tools to make his little coffee operation a reality.
"I used to ride by this spot all the time and I always thought, 'Someday I'm going to open a coffee shop for people who love to ride this path as much as I do," said Arrieta.
Peddler on the Path - which celebrates its fourth anniversary in November - is a hub of activity on most mornings, which is exactly what Arrieta always hoped for. He’ll hold your keys if you’re heading out for a ride on the nearby Rillito River bike path, and he's got a stash of patch kits for cyclists who need them. He’ll also hold a cold bottle of water for runners if his truck happens to be on their route.
When asked what motivates him to climb into the tiny truck each weekend, despite triple-digit heat or foul weather, Arrieta looks away for a few seconds. It’s almost as if such a question is beyond the scope of his dedication to the cycling community. “You should see how happy people are at these events when they come riding past at 5:30 in the morning and they see me, and I’ve got hot coffee.”
For more information check out Peddler on the Path’s website over here.