THE PYKE family in Stawell have been in the pets and cycle business for almost five decades.
Spanning three generations, 2021 will see a new venture as part of the Pyke's name with Wesley Pyke branching out onto his own with bicycles, trophies and engraving business.
Pyke's, as it's known around Stawell, was established by Cliff (dec.) and Gloria Pyke.
After retiring, the business was purchased by their eldest son Wavell and Maureen (dec.) Pyke and after about 25 years the business was purchased once again by Cliff and Gloria's youngest son Geoff and wife Dianne - who still own the business today.
For 17 years Geoff and Dianne, together with their son Wes, has built the business into what it is today.
In 2019, talks were started about splitting the business and Wes taking on his own premises as the bikes started to outgrow the Main Street store.
After searching for a property, Wes took the opportunity of an empty shop on Main Street and started putting his vision into action.
107 Main Street will be the new home of Pyke's Cycles.
The building has been restored inside and out - Wes using local tradesmen to creating his dream and vision for the new business.
Built in 1878, the business was known as the Cambrian Hall for J. Picton Evans draper and milliner.
It was then sold to T. Smith and leased to George Barnes from 1883.
Between 1934-1950 the building was known as Hoskin's Store.
There have been many businesses located in this premises including a furniture store, computer supplies and two discount variety stores.
The renovations have kept the original standing of the buildings' history with the original parapet, very high ceilings and skylight in the centre of the shop.
Wes said the renovations took about 12 months to complete.
"COVID-19 obviously delayed some of the works and planning," he said.
"It's been a long time in the making - a big thanks needs to go to all the local trades people who worked on the building for their excellent workmanship."
Wes said by moving stores allowed both businesses to expand to meet customer demand.
"We have people come from all over for bikes and pet items," he said.
"We just couldn't fit both in anymore at the one store. This gives both businesses the opportunity to expand and grow and make sure we're meeting the needs of our customers."
While the trophies and engraving will go with the bikes to the new business Pyke's Cycles, Dianne and Geoff are still committed to serving the region will all their pet needs.
"We'll still continue trading and have a plan in place to renovate our business now we have a bit more room," Dianne said.
"We wish Wes all the best in his new adventure and are thrilled the Pyke name will continue on in business in Stawell for years to come."
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