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Updated: 09/30/2013 11:32:37AM

Acme: an involved bicycle shop in downtown Arcadia

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Traffic was limited to one lane for a while mid-day Monday as officials dealt with this overturned flat-bed truck on the first "S" curve on U.S. 98 East. Fortunately, there were no injuries reported, althoiugh a large section of guard rail was taken out and there was significant damage to the truck's cab. the truck appeared to be carrying a large cement pole.

Arcadian photos by Thomas Simmons

Upon entering the Acme Bicycle Shop at 6 West Oak Street in Arcadia, the customer is greeted with a grand display of available bicycles and accessories for sale. In addition to sales, Acme offers bicycle repair and maintenance services.

Arcadian photos by Thomas Simmons

Earl Lange, above, and his wife Karen recently opened Acme Shops on Oak Street.

Arcadian photos by Thomas Simmons

A well-stocked wall rack at Acme Bicycle Shop, welcomes customers who are shopping for items to enhance their bicycle riding experience.

Arcadian photos by Thomas Simmons

Following a 14th Century European tradition, the Acme Bicycle Shop window shows an upside-down Christmas Tree. In origin, a space-saver, the upside-down tree is now more of a novelty.

By Thomas Simmons

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At 6 West Oak Street in Downtown Arcadia, there is a new business. On the door, it is identified as Acme Bicycle Shop: “The Friendliest Bicycle Shop in Florida.”

Earl Lang and Karen Freeman, husband and wife, saw the undeveloped opportunity for a bicycle business in Arcadia after the last bike store closed in 2011. Lang and Freeman are not new to the business. They have been running a bicycle shop in downtown Punta Gorda for the past 10 years.

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