Here’s part two to my series of showing off the amazing small business owners of Honest! Meet Leah Benson. Make sure you say hi when you see her in your class because she is amazing and hilarious!
Leah owns Glady’s Bikes in NE PDX (gladysbikes.com). They offer full-service bicycle repair and sales shop that specializes commuting, touring, cyclocross and recreational bicycle sales. More importantly they are a women, trans* and femme focused space, but are equally welcome of all people.
Also, Glady’s has a saddle library! This way you can try different saddles for your bike to find what works best.. how cool is that?
Here’s a little more about Leah…
I hail from a small town of less than 500 people on the northernmost border of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan called Land O’ Lakes. I came to Portland from Philadelphia when I was 25, following my older brother in search of a change of pace; I stayed because I met and fell in love with someone on my third day here.
When I’m not working out at Honest (which, let’s be real, is all but 2-3 hours of any given week) I own a bike shop called Gladys Bikes. And, like too many of us small business owners, I don’t tend to have much time for a life outside of that. It’s a good thing I love my job!
That said, when I do have time, I love bike touring, mountain biking, cross country skiing and reading at least 3 books at the same time.
How long have you lived in PDX? What is your favorite part of living in Portland, OR?
I’ve been here about 8 years now. There’s a lot to love about this city, but my favorite part is all of the neighborhoods that feel a bit more like small towns. Growing up in a small town all I wanted was to escape to a city, and now that I live in a city all I want is to recapture that feeling of living in a small town. It’s funny how life works out that way.
What is your favorite way to workout/train/move?
As a small business owner I spend most of my days making decisions about a gazillion random, little details that hopefully add up to running a successful business. And so when I work out, I love having this be a time when I don’t have to make the call, when I can take direction. Whatever you tell me to do, that’s my favorite.
Why is working out so important to you?
I don’t want my body to limit what I’m able to experience in the world, now and for the remainder of my life. Being in shape allows me to do more, see more and get more out of life.
What 1 food and 1 beverage could you not live without?
If was trying to impress you with how healthy I am I would say beets. But, let’s be real: It’s pizza. And Red Vines. I also drink an inhumane amount of coffee and not nearly enough water. So, basically I’m the picture of perfect health. *wink*
What is your current self-care routine, and why is it important to you?
Does simultaneously reading the New Yorker while watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and eating brownies on my couch count as self-care? I think so.
What is your biggest outlet for your creative expression?
I really enjoy live storytelling and have been featured on the Moth Podcast, Moth Radio Hour, on Mortified and at other storytelling events around town.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I lived in Guatemala for two years and was trained to be a Salsa dancing instructor. Sadly, I don’t remember much now, but I sure was a good dancer for that brief moment in time!
What to come workout with Leah?! Your first week is FREE! Click here to redeem!