Bootlust is one of our favorite events of the year here at the Bike Stop; hosted by our good friend Boy Roger and the Keystone Boys of Leather, this year featured six talented Bootblacks practicing their craft for three floors packed full of Learthermen and Leatherwomen as part of the 2014 Leather Leadership Conference weekend.
The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, and our little side street was buzzing with Leatherfolk, Rubber fetishists, Bears and other amazing kinky revelers; it was the best way to start off the Spring season- a show of force that LEATHER is more than on our backs (and butts!) but also in our hearts.
I hopped online this morning to send out a batch of thank you emails to the folks who made this weekend special, and was surprised to see a note in my inbox with a link to a Finnish website. Google translate to the rescue!
I was pleased to see that the Government of Finland is honoring Touko Laaksonen- known to the world as Tom of Finland- with his own postage stamps! How about that!
We’re going to reach out to our Finnish friends and see if we can get some of these for our collection!
And again- thank you on behalf of the Bike Stop staff to everyone who came out this weekend and supported the Leather Community!
Featuring amazing video entertainment, jello shots, a 50/50 raffle … and Your Booty — shakin’ to classic New Wave and Dance mixes from the 80s, baby!
Hosted by the Men of Philadelphians MC and Empire City MC (NYC)
$5 cover charge for the Dance Party; our other three floors are free for all!
As part of the Leather Leadership Conference Philadelphia weekend, the ‘Stop is pleased to announce the CIRCUS of SIN!
The Philly Leather Alliance and Philly Leather Pride Night are joining forces to present a Carnival of excess on our Top floor on Friday April 11th starting at 9pm and carrying through until last call at 1:45am!
The $5 cover (for the Top floor only- the other three floors are cover-free) gets you two ‘ride’ tickets which include stations for spanking, electro play, flogging and spanking. Additional tickets can be purchased from event volunteers, who will also be on-hand selling jell-o shots, 50/50 tickets, Whipped Cream shots and more!
We’ve got a FULL weekend of events planned, so come on down for the weekend, gear up and celebrate LEATHER in 2014!
It’s almost time for the return of one of our favorite parties of the year:
The Keystone boys Of Leather will be hosting their annual Boot Lust event here at the ‘Stop on Saturday 12th April!
There will be multiple Boot Blacks onhand to give love to your boots, so gear up and head on in!
On Sunday, March 2nd we’ll be huddle around the screens on the second floor of the ‘Stop to see if our favorite actors, actresses and films bring home an Oscar!
Will Meryl Streep win again? Is Matthew McConaughey’s inspiring portrayal as Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyer’s Club going to outshine Leo’s Wolf of Wallstreet? Come join Jason- the Bike Stop’s own Peter Pan- and find out!
There’ll be snacks. There’ll be sass. There’ll be fun!
Sunday, March 2nd starting at 7pm!
Our friends the Liberty Bears are going to be hosting their February Classic BEARS in BOXERS this coming Saturday night, February 22nd!
A $5 donation (top floor only) gets you:
Sexy Boy Contest!
Sexy Bear Contest!
10pm-2am at the Bike Stop!
Come out and play! Grab your jock, your harness, your singlet, whatever gear you need, and come party with Philly’s hottest leather men and athletes at Philly’s best, and only, gear party! Whatever your sport, whatever your fetish… rugby, baseball, football, leather, rubber, soccer, uniform… you’ll find it here.
RSVP for more information!
We’ll have four floors open on the 8th; the suggested $5 donation is just for the top floor party. Gear up and PLAY BALL(s)!
New Years Day is best spent with family, and that extends to us here at the Bike Stop.
But instead of spending our New Years Day nestled in front of a fire telling stories about the ‘good old days’ of 2013, we’re going to be doing it from behind the bar.
And since it’s a family affair, we’ve invited an old friend to come play.
New Years Day will feature three cocktail bartenders….
Underwear night’s greatest ‘asset’ Mike G.
Cocktail cocksman Mike N.
And making a guest appearance to help us start 2014 off right….
The Hotel California has nothing on us. You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave the Main Bar!
Join the three Mikes on what promises to be a memorable shift… even if we can’t remember it the next morning!
The Holiday Season is upon us. Walking into any area store, coffee shop or shopping mall will find you confronted with blaring Christmas music, promising snowmen and reindeers and a visit from the North Pole’s most famous Daddy Bear himself, Santa.
But here at the ‘Stop… we put our eggs in Krampus’s basket. We’re playing our normal eclectic mix of music (the only bar in Philly that you’re likely to hear Johnny Cash. Donna Summer, Andrew Jackson Jihad and Bjork in the same night) all season long to give your ears a vacation for all of the forced holiday glee.
You’re also likely to see CLOSED signs this holiday seasons, but we’ve got you covered with that, too!
Bike Stop Holiday Hours:
Christmas Eve: 4pm-2am.
Christmas Day: 8pm-2am.
New Years Eve: 4pm-2am.
New Years Day: 11am-2am.
We’ll be watching the Mummers Parade on NYDay!
The country’s mega retailers start their holiday sales earlier and earlier every year vying for your gift giving dollars. In contrast stands Small Business Saturday. It was officially rolled out in November of 2010 by, ironically, American Express, to be an alternative shopping experience to the big-store mentality of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We are supremely lucky here in Philadelphia. It it a city of artisans. We have the best restaurants, the best beer, the best bakeries, the best art galleries, the best bookstores, the best clothiers, the best boutiques and the best service people in the country among our ranks.
There is one major difference between us and other major US city: Philadelphians. We have the best people! This year stores started Black Friday on Thanksgiving Thursday, opening up early to bring in more revenue. Retail employees had to cut short their celebrations to rush to work, fatalities occurred at a large chain store and millions were spent in Holiday sales. On Monday, large online retailers will be undercutting Mom and Pops by an astounding percentile, making it hard in this economy to not give in to the promotion and finish up your shopping. We hope that you score some amazing deals! But Saturday? That’s our day. Small businesses.
So this weekend, pick up a gift card to your favorite restaurant for mom, or a handmade six pack for dad. Make your sister one of those cheesy coupon books, offering her to show her the sights in this fair city. Visit your favorite antique dealer for a new chotchkie for your uncle’s mantel or email one of our amazing local leather craftsmen for a new something fun for your special someone. Despite having been around 31 years thanks to our amazing and loyal clientele, the Bike Stop is still a small business. Family owned. Staffed by folks who’ve been here for years (and decades) without having made major changes in our concept or personality. And we believe in supporting the other small businesses in our community when possible. So this Saturday, shop small! And if you finish up early, stop in and see us for a warm-up. We’ll be here!