City-dwelling motorheads are often up against space issues – work and/or storage space for their vehicles, and a convenient place to hang out with like-minded enthusiasts. Seattle recently joined the list of other US metropolitan areas in creating a secure facility for motorcycle and car owners to work on their machines, get expert assistance, attend repair classes, enjoy good food, and swap tall tales. It's called simply The Shop.

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Matt Bell, a technology executive and car and motorcycle enthusiast, envisioned a facility for people to gather for business or social pursuits – a country club for gearheads in the heart of the city. The venue provides a secure, temperature controlled home for classic, muscle, antique, and exotic cars as well as motorcycles of all types.

"Space is a big issue for most car enthusiasts in the Pacific Northwest. There just isn't enough room for all our toys or a place to enjoy, learn about, and appreciate them," said Bell. "My vision for The Shop is a place where people hang out, tell stories about their rides, enjoy great food from Ethan Stowell and forge lasting bonds in a relaxed environment. The Shop will offer something not found anywhere in the region — a private club with great food, cool cars, zero arrogance and free parking. From Fords to Ferraris, Hondas to Harleys, all are welcome here."

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Membership at The Shop starts at $150 per month with a $500 initiation fee. Benefits of membership include:

• Secure, climate controlled storage

• Use of state-of-the-art tools and equipment

• Access to in-house washing bays and detailing services

• Door-to-door pick up and drop off via covered transport

• Advanced driving simulator

• Access to skilled mechanics at 50 percent off the usual shop rate

• Private card room and entertainment lounge

• Regularly scheduled member-only classes and events

Vehicle storage at The Shop is available for a monthly fee of $200 per car and $100 per motorcycle. Members can utilize the pristine storage and display floor complete with 24/7 security and valets are on hand to take cars in and out of storage as many times as needed during the month.

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