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New Thing to Do in Orlando: Velo Creek Bike and Brew

New Thing to Do in Orlando: Velo Creek Bike and Brew

Now that spring’s sprung, it’s like everyone is rushing outdoors and who can blame them?

If you’re brushing off your bicycle looking for a new thing to do in Orlando, we might have found something that will get your gears turning…

Nestled right outside of the HUGE Alafaya Woods neighborhood in Oviedo, right off of Alafaya Trail near Mitchell Hammock Road, Velo Creek Bike and Brew is bringing out the best of both worlds in a new coffee lounge/bike shop you’ve never seen before.

Thing to do in Orlando: Velo Creek Bike and Brew

Location: 93 Alafaya Woods Blvd.
Oviedo, FL 32765

Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday – Friday 7:00am – 6:00pm, Sat & Sun 7:00am – 4:00pm

Velo Creek Bike and Brew - Coffee Shop - Bike ShopIt all started when we “kept seeing all the bike groups stopping at 7-11 for coffee,” said owner Kristina Daugherty. Inspired to create a fun place this group could call their own, her and her husband got to work.

“We’re a young family and it was the right time to create something to pass on,” she explained.

When you walk into Velo Creek Bike and Brew, the smell of fresh coffee wafts up as you walk by everything from cruisers to kid’s bikes to hard-core triathlon-ready beasts. With someone repairing bikes against the back wall and a coffee-shop lounge area, this 5-month-old hangout is gaining attention and for good reason.

“We’ve lived here for 8 years now. We found a lot of bike shops that feel intimidating… I want a judge-free zone. [To] create a place of community. We’d like to cater to everyone. A neighborhood, comfortable place to talk about bikes or anything. A fun casual place to be a part of your everyday.”

Uniting the Community

Oviedo Coffee ShopIn what Kristina calls her dream opportunity in building this business from the ground up, there’s this sense of genuine care and love for the community she now calls her own.

Passers through can stop in for cupcakes, fun coffee flavors and even some brewskis during their ride or when they’re just out and about.

“We get a lot of crossover [of cyclists and coffee lovers],” says Kristina. And, that’s exactly what they want. You don’t have to be an avid cyclist or ride at all to enjoy what they’re creating.

Better yet, a lot of what you find in the shop supports other local business owners. For example, the honey bee latte — made with honey and bee pollen — comes from a honey farmer right down the street in Black Hammock. The coffee? From a local roaster; Blessed Bean Coffee out in Longwood. Cupcakes and desserts are from All From Scratch — a local baker.

Events and Rides

Although Kristina admits that she’s not quite ready for the 50 mile ride the shop hosts, many locals are. Across from the coffee bar is a calendar of local bike runs they’re hosting such as the Cupcakes and Cruisers run (a 4-mile ride topped off with cupcakes to make up for the calories burned on the ride) and the next event, the Mother’s Day ride to a bakery for mimosas and cupcake decorating on May 9th. For a full list of events, go here.

Some rides are shorter and some are longer — truly something for everyone looking for fun things to do in Orlando with a little adventure in their blood.

They even have FREE maintenance classes the first Wednesday of every month; holding true to their biker roots!

We Give it Two Gloved-Hands, Thumbs Up

Velo Creek Bike and Brew gets rave reviews in our book. The help is knowledgable and friendly. The coffee menu is fun and fresh with locally-sourced ingredients; you really can’t go wrong. Although I’m personally not the cyclist in the OFT group, they did have lots of people in there buying and getting repairs while they enjoyed a cup of Joe. Everyone had a smile on their face.

In the end, you’re the judge. Give them a whirl and let us know what you think on our Facebook page.