Clare’s Spring Open House, March10, 2012 by Rosaire Well some of us rode to Clare’s Open House….not to say it was a warm day but it was sunny and that must have been the wild card because Clare’s was a very, very busy place. Lisa was at the original store so Royale was the Wal-Mart greeter for the day. The customers were 6 or 8 deep at all the cashiers and the parts counter was like a line up going south at the airport. I got there just before 9:00 to put the Friday the 13th Quilt up. Bruce and Ron were already holding court at the Niagara H.O.G corner. Bruce said people were waiting before the doors opened at 8:00…don’t people know it’s Saturday and you’re suppose to sleep in?? I wandered around and talked to Bernie (LCMC), Robin, Steph and to other staff members. They all said it was chaos. I checked out what people were buying….lots of jackets and clothes were being picked up…not to mention tons of parts to put on just before riding season. Randy was busy talking to people and to a few possible new bike clients. The local clubs were well represented with Gail and Vern from Erie Shores B.R.O. inviting people to their annual runs. Lou, Chris, Donna, Duffy and Fester from Brothers Keeper were passing out information. FYI…Brothers Keeper will not have the Burn Run in June. Niagara College had a spot promoting their Motorcycle Training Programs….one instructor used an interesting cliché….You can give the right of way but you can’t take it….even if you are right. Mark and Albert of The Fabulous Fenwick Lions Club were having a great day selling tickets on the Biketoberfest 10th anniversary Screaming Eagle. Everybody agrees it is a beautiful ride. Ticket sales are going very well and they might be sold out before Biketoberfest so if you want a chance on this great bike, get your
tickets early. I did!!! Niagara HOG members were coming, going and shopping. The Friday the 13th quilt was hanging from a beam in the front window and a lot of people were impressed at the size and the number of t-shirts making up the quilt. There is a Riders Mag tshirt on it to set it off. I met two new local business people. Annie was interviewing Randy for ikfadtv.com and bulletnewsniagara.ca. She is a news and entertainment reporter for these two media outlets…check them out. I also met Sandra from Oskur Photography. Sandra was handing out ballots to win one of her coffee table books…..a book of motorcycle photography, of course. John and Donna came in later in the afternoon. They said it was busy at the original store and wanted to see how things were going. John was in good spirits seeing all the people checking out the sales. He said that 25% of all bike sales are to female riders. I think Bob Dylan said it, ‘The times, they are a changing.” From my perspective, it was a great day for everyone. See you on the road and go well.
THE RIDER’S MAG
The Rider's Mag 2012-04 v14-n02