Business Intel: Downshift pivots to new model, separating bikes from cafe | Business Local

Downshift Bikes & Brews, a bike shop and cafe in downtown Roanoke, is changing its business model.

Owner Stephen Ambruzs said Downshift will continue to service bicycles, but not sell them, at a new space at 210 Fourth St. S.W. When safer to do so, it will resume hosting group rides and events. The cafe and coffee shop are closed for now, but some favorite menu items will eventually be available through a partnership with Golden Cactus Brewing.

The changes are the result of several factors, Ambruz said. The community-building aspect of the business provided by the coffee shop and group rides has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s an extremely limited supply of bikes, parts and accessories given this year’s boom in cycling. He’s also juggling becoming a father.

“We needed to change what we were doing in order to both be sort of current with how

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COCA Pivots to All-Virtual Classes

All virtual classes and performances begin on Tuesday, November 17.

COCA Pivots to All-Virtual Classes

In accordance with St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s “safer-at-home” order, COCA – Center of Creative Arts will continue current operations through close of business on Monday, November 16, and pivot to all virtual classes and performances starting Tuesday, November 17.

With the new order, COCA’s previously approved COVID-19 operating plans are no longer valid with St. Louis County as of November 17. While moving to a virtual platform is not ideal, we anticipated this shift and are prepared. We are confident that we have the infrastructure in place to make this transition as smooth as possible for our students, families, and community.

Upcoming 2020-2021 COCA Presents performances-Joyful: Growing, Learning, Performing vocal concert; Manual Cinema’s Christmas Carol; and COCA’s Improv Troupe’s Winter Performance-were designed to be presented as virtual events. Information on COCA’s virtual 2020-2021 performances is available at

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4th Annual POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Expo Pivots to Virtual Format to Help Local Latino Business Owners Navigate Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

FREE, Three-Day Virtual Event Runs from Wednesday, November 11 To Friday, November 13

Wells Fargo Returns as Presenting Sponsor

Univision Los Angeles, part of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S., has announced its 4th annual POSiBLE LA Entrepreneur Expo, an event created to empower Latino small business owners to adapt and grow their organizations through the current COVID-19 pandemic. This year, POSiBLE LA is completely virtual, recognizing and embracing how many employers and employees are operating in the current climate. The three-day event kicks off on Wednesday, November 11 and runs through Friday, November 13, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. PT each day. To pre-register for this free, informative event and view the complete schedule and list of speakers, visit

Wells Fargo once again returns as a presenting sponsor with Tito’s Handmade Vodka signing on for the second year as a silver sponsor.

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