First Stop Board Barn has been granted the Bicycle Retailer Excellence Award by the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) in 2021 and again in 2022.
The National Bicycle Dealers Association is a non-profit organization established in 1946 which promotes the interests of cycling and specialty bicycle retail across North America.
The NBDA has certified First Stop Board Barn as being among one of the Top Bike Shops in America. Fewer than 200 stores qualified for this honor and First Stop Board Barn was recognized at a Gold level both in 2021 and again in 2022.
Key to certification is a lengthy application survey that quantifies key elements found in successful retail operations of all kinds. The retailers were also evaluated through phone & email contacts, website appeal & accuracy, and marketing expertise. The process of going through the application and the outside perspective of the NBDA staff have created a program in which every shop has the opportunity to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and become the very best retailer they can be.
The Bicycle Retailer Excellence Award requires not only great shopping experiences and expert leadership and staff, but also support for their local community and national cycling advocacy. Each retailer awarded fits these criteria and more. The local bicycle retailer is not only a store, but also a pillar of a community. By being given this award, First Stop Board Barn has proven that they exemplify this ideal.