In an effort to “promote more “radness” here in Burns,” Aron Kessinger opened Bike Burns, a full-service bicycle repair, parts and sales shop.
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More plans for the shop in the works
by Samantha White
Located at 353 N. Monroe in Burns (across from Safeway), Bike Burns officially opened today. Shop hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Kessinger said he plans to “test the waters” by focusing on bicycle repairs, but he may add more bicycles to his inventory in the future.
“At some point, I want to get a bunch of cool cruisers,” he said.
Kessinger said he also plans to sell custom skateboards made by Brian Wall of Euphoria Board Company in his shop, and he plans to adorn the shop walls with artwork.
Kessinger said he wanted to create a place for himself to work that he would enjoy “hanging out at.”
“I needed a job, and Burns needed a bike shop. So here we are,” he said.
Kessinger, who has worked extensively at bicycle shops in the past, moved to Burns from San Francisco, Calif. in November 2012 to help take care of his family when his father got sick.
In January, Kessinger accepted the Man of the Year award on behalf of his late father, Phil Kessinger, at the Harney County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet. Aron Kessinger said that, like his father, he wants to have a positive impact on the community.
“I want to build on my dad’s legacy of being awesome,” he said.