As he raised his family close to the Original Tony’s Meat Market, Closet Factory CEO Mark Lestikow has had a long-standing patronage to this organization. Every morning he gets his cup of coffee from their friendly bakery staff and knows most of the managers by name (trust us, the coffee’s worth it!). Needless to say, Mark has always enjoyed Tony’s, and as the family owned market expanded its reach and opened stores in Denver, Castle Pines and Littleton, a dream began to develop in Mark’s mind…
The dream was to ride a loop on a bicycle hitting every Tony’s location and to take a little time to experience the cuisine at each one. This idea stewed for a couple of years until Mark was fortunate enough to meet the H.R. director for Tony’s. Fate? We think so! He pitched the idea to her and the next day received an e-mail saying that she loved the idea and wanted to make it happen.
With Colorado HeartCycle, Tony’s, and of course, Closet Factory on board as sponsors, it was time to get the word out. Colorado HeartCycle, a biking club Mark and his wife, Polly, are part of, notified their members, Tony’s reached out to its stellar following, and Mark personally recruited several people. Between these efforts, they reached the cap of 55 riders in 4 days!! And yet, the interest kept coming…
By the day of the ride arrived, 70 riders had signed up and arrived at the Tony’s on Broadway to begin this 72 mile ride.
A full Continental breakfast gave the riders the energy they needed and off they rode.
Their first stop was the Original Tony’s off Dry Creek Rd.
Previously a 7-11, Tony and his wife sold their house in order to buy the property and open an “old-fashioned butcher shop with counter service and sawdust on the floor.” Read more about the fascinating history here.
The rest of the loop took the riders from the Dry Creek store to Castle Rock , the Mineral store, and finally back to the Broadway store. Each location greeted them warmly and, in true Tony’s fashion, treated them like family. The riders feasted on energy bars, lunch wraps, and homemade cookies.
Overall, the ride was a huge success thanks to the support of our wonderful sponsors and the amazing treatment at all of the Tony’s locations.
All of the participants are already excited about making next year’s ride even bigger than this year and possibly adding a charitable aspect to it as well. A huge thank you to all who helped and participated in making Mark’s dream come true!
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