Boris Loose and several of his friends rented space in an old, industrial warehouse in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Jacksonville after Boris closed his scooter shop, 200cc.
Boris resting on the last official day of renting the Scooter Warehouse. He was tired today after around 40 trips between Jacksonville and his new place near Orlando over the past month.
The Scooter Warehouse has been the epicenter of the club. It is where we meet for Tuesday rides, and it was always buzzing with activity during the weekends when Boris slaved away at repairing everyone's scooters. The place always brought me joy.
But Boris took a job in Orlando several years ago, limiting his time at the warehouse to weekends. His daughter, Clara, went to college so she left Jacksonville too. So Boris bought a house with a very large garage near Orlando recently.
Coincidentally, Brooklyn has been booming with development lately. Two large apartment complexes, stores and restaurants have gone up around the warehouse in the past couple of years. Boris was given notice that the place was going to be sold and converted to parking for now, then something bigger down the road.
The end result is that we have no hang out place anymore. Nor do we have Boris to fix all of our scooter ills.Those are big losses, but we will survive.
The last remnants of a once bustling place of scooter repair. And friendships.