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.
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.