If you’ve ever been out riding your bike and thought that a good strong cup of coffee would be just thing to keep you going, then Bikes and Beans is the place for you. “We serve exceptional coffee and we’re also a full-service bike shop,” says owner Andrew Little. “We saw a need to create a community gathering space of like-minded bikers in our neighborhood.”

Of course, gathering for any reason has been one of the many targets of the pandemic and Bikes and Beans has struggled like so many other businesses. “For a while, we had to close the space and our café,” says Little. “It’s been hard on so many levels, both from a financial perspective as well as just trying to take care of our staff and our larger community.”

Yet as Little likes to say, they feel a higher calling for their hometown and that is why they are joining forces with Columbia Bank’s Pass It On Project. With their sense of community in mind, Bikes and Beans is providing bikes to children who don’t have the resources to get one and Columbia Bank is paying the bill. “We are passing it on to the Boise Bike Project which provides bikes to kids who don’t have them,” he says. “They especially need help getting bikes to children in winter, and with Columbia Bank’s help, we are going to assist with their mission.”