ON THE ROAD
They may look new, but the bikes at the Cycle Co. are high-quality, pre-owned motorcycles priced at or below market value. As a wholesaler, the company can keep prices low, says salesman Andy Carroll. You'll find all the major brands, including Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki, with prices starting at $3,000. There are custom, classic, cruiser and competition styles. Most are less than $6,000, and Carroll says they're never more than $10,000. He has driven every bike in stock and says gas mileage is about 40 miles per gallon for most bikes. The motorcycles are repaired, serviced and cleaned so they look and ride like new. There usually are 30 to 60 bikes on hand from which to choose. To sell a bike, contact Aaron Hearn. Helmets also are sold.
The Cycle Co., 2360 W. Broad St. (between Wayne and Oakley avenues in the Hilltop), 279-7770; thecycleco.com. Open Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm; closed Sun-Mon. Parking is available behind the store.
THE GAME IS ON
If you're looking for family fun this summer, you might want to check out the Columbus Area Boardgaming Society (CABS). The group has roughly 400 members dedicated to bringing the gamers of Central Ohio together and introducing new gaming opportunities.
The 1,000-plus games run the gamut, including abstract board games, traditional games, new Eurogames, historical war games and card games. The first time you play, it's free. After that, it's $50 a year or $5 per visit. Those younger than 18 are free with a paid adult. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. There's a wide selection of games from which to choose. CABS webmaster George Sauer III says companies often send them new games to introduce to the public. You also can bring your own game and you'll likely find people to play it with. Members have library privileges and can borrow games for two weeks. CABS also runs its own gaming convention, the Buckeye Game Fest, every fall-usually in late September or early October.
CABS meets in the Mid-Ohio Select Soccer League (MOSSL) space at 670 Lakeview Plaza Blvd. (off Sancus Boulevard), Suite E, Worthington, (740) 604-0779. Visit buckeyeboardgamers.org for meeting times.
A WORLD OF SAVINGS
Shoppers World opened its first Ohio discount department store in March at Great Western Shopping Center. The store offers up to 70 percent off department store prices on a large selection of goods. You'll find clothing for men, women, children and infants, as well as lingerie, juvenile furniture, seasonal goods, linens, housewares, luggage, toys and gifts. There's a full line of clothing selections, from casual to dressy-and even scrubs.
Shoppers World first opened its doors in Baltimore in the early 1950s and recently added stores in Atlanta and Chicago. The company is opening locations at Northern Lights Shopping Center (3515 Cleveland Ave.) in June and at Town and Country Shopping Center (3680 E. Broad St.) in the fall.
Shoppers World, 3400 North Blvd. in the Great Western Shopping Center, 351-8378; shoppersworldusa.com. Open Mon-Sat 10 am-9 pm, Sun noon-6 pm.
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