First bicycle rental to open in Historic District

With preliminary construction starting on the new Brown’s Creek State Trail, many entrepreneurs considered opening bicycle rental businesses. Janna Murray did on better.

"I am sure there will be many bicycle rental shops on Main Street, but I wanted to be the first" said Murray, owner of Janna’s Hides & Rides Consignment Leather Clothing and Bicycle Rental.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website said the 5.9-mile Brown’s Creek Trail will connect east central Minnesota to the Gateway State Trail. Browns Creek Trail is being developed primarily for hiking and non-motorized riding and once complete, travels through stretches of scenic woods, along a designated trout stream, past historic sites and along the St. Croix River.

According to the MnDOT website, when the new St. Croix River crossing is completed, the 80-year-old Lift Bridge becomes a feature on a 4.7 mile bicycle/pedestrian loop trail. The trail crosses the St. Croix River on both the existing lift bridge and on the new river crossing. Trails in Minnesota and Wisconsin will complete the loop and connect to existing bike and pedestrian trails in both states.

"It is so exciting to see my home town grow, when I was a kid nothing was out here. I remember when the first stoplight was installed on Highway 36. The whole dynamics of this area is going to change bringing much needed commerce and traffic control", Murray said.

Murray doesn’t anticipate much bicycle rental business until the trail is complete. To ensure she can financially ride out trail and bridge construction, she will have consignment leather clothing. The items she will carry include jackets, vests, chaps, pants, skirts, hats, gloves, belts and more but excludes shoes and furniture.

"Most everyone has some form of leather apparel laying around the house not being worn. Bring it in and I will sell it" Murray said, adding that, "Leather isn’t just for bikers, however I will have plenty of biker leathers".

Bicycles are now available for rent. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.