Granite Gear founder opens Coffee/Bike Shop

Spokengear Cedar Creek Coffee 2016-07-22 15.44.22


In 1986 Dan Cruikshank and Jeff Knight started Granite Gear after the two were on a paddling trip in the boundary waters. The business has grown into an internationally respected brand of outdoor gear.

Dan decided to start on a new venture.  “Being an entrepreneur, Granite Gear was going great, but it was just getting so big that it was really time to pass that on to somebody that had more experience running a bigger company,” Dan told the Duluth News Tribune.

With entrepreneurship in his blood, Dan and his wife Kristen have launched Spokengear, a new cyclery and outdoor shop in Two Harbors. The new twist for Dan was joining his wife Kirsten to combine a coffee café with the cyclery and outdoor shop. Cedar Coffee Company and Spokengear recently opened their stores, tucked away on 6.4 acre wooded property they purchased from the city of Two Harbors. They are located about a mile off Highway 61 in Two Harbors on County Road 26 (Turn at the SuperOne and it’s just down the road on the right).

They have a commitment to other local businesses, with Duluth Coffee supplying their coffee beans, beer brewed by Castle Danger, local farmer’s markets for baked goods, jams and more. A variety of freshly made breakfast and lunch items are served along with the full-service barista 7 days a week.

Cedar Coffee and Spokengear crew (Left to right): Mark Alsum (and Wyatt) Bike Mechanic Erin Currier, Kitchen Manager Brian Moriarty, Coffee Manager Kirsten Cruikshank, Proprietor Dan Cruikshank, Proprietor Owen Cruikshank, IT Manager

Cedar Coffee and Spokengear crew (Left to right) Mark Alsum (and Wyatt) Bike Mechanic, Erin Currier, Kitchen Manager, Brian Moriarty, Coffee Manager, Kirsten Cruikshank, Proprietor Dan Cruikshank, Proprietor, Owen Cruikshank, IT Manager


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