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Chile Pepper Bike Shop Will Set You Up with Rental Bikes, Shuttles, & More
By Sharon Sullivan
Chile Pepper Bike Shop rents out bikes of all types – including mountain, gravel, kids, and regular pedal townie bikes – whether you want to cruise the streets of Moab, or ride backcountry trails outside of town.

Located at 702 S. Main St., next to the Moab Brewery, the staff at Chile Pepper Bike Shop can help match area trails with riders’ abilities to help ensure a good experience, said shop owner Tracy Bentley. From the shop it’s just a 10-minute drive to Slickrock bike trail, and Sand Flats Recreation Area.

“We also have great maps produced by the Moab Trails Alliance,” she said.

Additionally, the shop offers bike tours through a partnership with Rim Tours, as well as shuttles to and from the trails via Coyote Shuttle.

If you’re looking to purchase a bike, the shop sells used bikes throughout the year as it replaces its spring and fall rental fleets.

“People can get a really good deal on a well-maintained bike,” Bentley said. “We try and flip bikes each season so there’s still a lot of life left in them. We rotate bikes often. It’s better for the bike and the customer.”

Customers can also special-order new bikes. The shop sells various bike parts and accessories.
Additionally, “We have an amazing selection of apparel for men, women and kids, plus cool logo merchandise like hats, gloves, and travel mugs,” Bentley said.

If you bring your own bike to town and something breaks while you’re out on the trail Chile Pepper will try and fix it quickly – the shop offers a full-service repair department. Meanwhile, a rental bike can save your vacation.

Chile Pepper bike mechanics offers bike maintenance classes three times a year – the clinics are held after hours and are promoted by the local chapter of International Mountain Biking Association.

There’s an espresso bar inside the shop – coffee drinks are made with fresh-roasted coffee beans from Fresh Moab Coffee, a local roaster in town.

Bentley began working in the bike industry after moving to Moab in 1999. She bought Chile Pepper Bike Shop after its previous owners decided to move and sell the business in 2006.

Chile Pepper Bike Shop is open seven days a week, March through November, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and December through February, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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The Women’s Business Center of Utah
by Sarah Barstow
The Women’s Business Center of Utah (thanks to a cooperative agreement with SBA) is offering FREE BUSINESS CLASSES for both aspiring entrepreneurs, and those already in the early stages of business ownership.

Our introductory business course, Ms Biz, is offered 4 times a year & is intended for Women in the idea or start up phase. It is a 4 week course, with classes once a week for 2 hours/day on a rotating calendar schedule.

Our next classes will start on April 18th and run through May 9th (Tuesdays from Noon - 2).
In Ms Biz, we cover the beginning phases of your business plan, how to market your business, your target audience, market research, company values, understanding your finances, your WHY and elevator pitch, pricing & more!!

If you are in the early stages of business, bringing in some revenue and are ready to have more systems in place and scale your business, then Minding my own Business might be right for you. This course is also offered 4 times a year, and runs for 7 weeks . The next round of classes will start April 13th and run through May 25th (Thursdays from 2-5pm)

In Minding my own business, we do a deeper dive into values, branding, target audience and pricing, as well as scalability, systems, budgeting, generating sales, strategic planning, goal setting & more!!

**Please note that Minding my own Business (MMOB) is intended for solopreneurs (having contract workers is okay).
If you are ready to scale your business and you have employees, then our Next Step program would be the class for you! The next round of Next Step will happen this Fall!!**

The first step to taking these business classes (& having access to our other free resources, like advising sessions and webinars) is to register for our services here:

We also have a free, online directory of Women owned businesses in the state: and would love to promote your business there!!

For any questions & further information, please reach out to or go to!!

Gonzo Inn Announces New Hotel Manager

The Gonzo Inn announces Huseyin Deniz as its new hotel manager. The locally owned boutique hotel is excited to benefit from his decades of industry experience. Huseyin Deniz (commonly known as “Deniz”), who became familiar with the Gonzo Inn through a partnership deal with his Cafe Italiano services, has worked diligently as an independent contractor for the past 24 months to modernize and deliver his decades of hospitality yield management skills to the unique lodging and events property.

Today, owners Kali & Josh Bisco are excited to announce “Deniz” has officially accepted the role of Hotel Manager. Combined with the Bisco’s nearly three decades managing the Gonzo Inn, Deniz looks to keep their fun and unique guest experience intact while bringing his high-touch international travel management knowledge to the property’s toolset.

“As lifelong locals, our family and staff take great pride in ensuring our guests feel both at home and on an adventure of a lifetime while staying with us in Moab,” said Gonzo Inn owner Kali Bisco, “With over 6,000 loyal ‘Go Gonzo’ Club Members we are confident in Deniz’s ability to elevate our loyal guest experience while leading our team from our core values towards a healthy growth strategy.“

“The Gonzo Inn recently completed its second year of significant property & room remodeling,” said Huseyin Deniz, “and that, combined with the excellent work being done by Visit Utah, Discover Moab, the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, and many of our adventure partners, we’re genuinely looking forward to another exceptional travel year.”

The Gonzo Inn is a boutique condo hotel featuring 43 condominium-style rooms just one block off Main Street in downtown Moab. Amenities include a pet-friendly property, an on- site restaurant, an outdoor lounge with fire pit, a sprawling private lawn & intimate event space, and heated saltwater pool with hot tub. Additionally, the Gonzo Inn features secured bike storage with a bike kitchen & wash station, electric car EV charging stations, and private coin-operated laundry.
For additional informaiton, please contact: 435.259.2515 or Huseyin Deniz
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