Mark & Lisa Ball, the Co-Owners, are college sweethearts and have been married for 29 years. Mark, the son of a pastor, originally hails from the Columbus, Ohio area. His wife, Lisa (who does not ride bikes or drink coffee), grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin, and is employed as a legal assistant for a Northern Kentucky attorney.
Mark & Lisa have two daughters, Emily (a graduate of NKU) and Betsy (a current student at NKU), and live in the Richwood, Kentucky area.
The question we hear most often is "how did you come up with the idea of a bicycle & coffee shop?" Well, it was an idea born out of the desire of the co-owner (Mark) to one day have a bicycle shop of his own after having worked in one since the age of 14.
Several years later, Mark became intrigued by coffee (thanks to interest sparked by his childhood buddy Steve's love of coffee). He thought it would be neat to actually combine the two, as the cycling and coffee cultures go hand-in-hand. After doing some research, he discovered that the "bike & bean" concept was alive and well in other parts of the country; however, not so much in the Midwest.
Mark's vision was to create an atmosphere where cyclists and non-cyclists alike could gather for conversation & companionship, in turn fostering a sense of community. Add artisan coffee to the mix and you've got a winning combination that appeals to a wide variety of people. He is enthusiastic about sharing his appreciation for coffee by brewing the finest beans (roasted locally) and utilizing alternative brewing methods. Now, throw in some live music, and you've really got something unique!
Mark Ball (Owner, Chief Mechanic & Master Barista)
Here's a guy who is basically fascinated by anything that has wheels, and his knowledge of bicycle design and mechanics is unparalleled.
Mark is often spotted drawing new & improved bicycle component designs, sketching bicycle frame ideas, and other "inventions" during meetings or family dinners. He's a bicycle nut who just wishes he had more time to ride!