MARTINSVILLE — When you walk into the storefront at 210 W. York St., you’ll likely encounter not one business owner, but two.
This is because the location is home to two small businesses.
One of the businesses, USA American Heros, has been a Morgan County staple for nearly a decade since it was purchased by Kathleen McAughey and her late husband Mike from a Greenwood man.
For the first few years, McAughey’s husband operated the business in Mooresville until his death.
After his death, McAughey took over the business and eventually moved it to downtown Martinsville in early 2017.
McAughey said she moved because the business needed a bigger location.
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She also wanted to be able to partner with Wolfe so both of their businesses could grow.
Since the opening of the original Martinsville location, area residents have been well receptive to the business.
“The city just welcomed me with open arms,” McAughey said.
The company, McAughey noted, has become well known to veterans inside and outside of Morgan County.
USA American Heros sells American flags, flag bearers, MIA/POW flags, US Armed Forces flags and American themed apparel.
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The store is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
McAughey can also be found at the store throughout the week.
“My slogan is ‘If the flags are flying, we’re open,'” she said.
Sqweaky Wheeled Bike Shop
The other business on site is Sqweaky Wheel, a new bicycle sales and repair shop owned by Jason Wolfe.
Wolfe told the Reporter-Times that his company does just about everything related to bike repair, including lubrications and tune-ups.
“I’ve reviewed bikes for different charities,” Wolfe said. “We sell parts, install parts and just about anything for bikes.”
Wolfe said his business opened on March 1.
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“It’s a whole new business,” Wolfe added.
He noted that the company does not stock bikes, but does allow special orders.
A U.S. Army veteran, Wolfe said he became interested in bicycles while serving in Italy in the mid-1990s.
“I’ve been riding ever since,” Wolfe said.
Bike shops are often hard to find, which led Wolfe to do his own repairs on his bikes.
“(Martinsville) didn’t have (a bike shop),” Wolfe added. “So that was a reason to start doing it myself.”
Wolfe said he hopes to see an increase in cycling, particularly because it provides an easy way for locals to become more active.
“We have a lot of people living more stagnant lives,” Wolfe said. “I think more people will benefit from cycling.”
The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
On other days, the store is open by appointment only, and Wolfe can be reached at 765-315-9994 or [email protected]
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The Martinsville Chamber of Commerce held a groundbreaking ceremony for the businesses’ new location on Friday.
The chamber holds ribbon-cutting ceremonies for a number of reasons, including newly opened offices, those under new ownership, and those that have recently moved.
The ceremonies are free and accessible to all companies, regardless of their membership of the chamber.
Contact Reporter-Times editor Lance Gideon at [email protected] or 765-342-1543. Follow him on Twitter: @LanceOGideon.