In 2002 Chad and Kim Celaire ventured off to Winnipeg after graduating from university and getting married in Michigan. Kim took an interest in volunteering at Village Antique Mall where she painted and restored furniture. While working one day, Kim spotted a 1960's Schwinn tandem bike which she bought. She envisioned her and her husband riding all around town on it. After restoring the bike, her vision became a reality. Chad and Kim spent hours riding the bike and they thought of things they could do to make their rides even more romantic! Suddenly Chad purchased a bike radio for the bike handle bars, there was nothing better than listening to jazz music while riding... it was like being in a convertible!
The owner of this antique store had a great love for boler campers (a SMALL fiberglass camper invented in Winnipeg). After Chad and Kim spent the night in a boler, they decided to purchase one too. This began Chad and Kim's love for camping.
After a summer of biking and camping, Chad thought of the business idea.
Riding the tandem reduced stress, allowed for easy conversation, and provided a great way to exercise while spending time together. All essential elements that help establish and sustain healthy relationships. Chad realized how this strengthened his relationship with Kim and wanted other people to share in this wonderful experience too. Chad came up with the idea of using the boler as a mobile office and renting/selling tandem bikes to others.
Chad thought of naming the business "Be2Gether", and Kim loved the idea. After thinking more about it, Kim changed the "Be" to "Bee" which gave us a theme to build our company around. This inspired us to paint the boler black and yellow like a bumble bee.
In October Chad proposed the idea to The Forks (a central shopping, restaurant, and entertainment area in Winnipeg). Much to their delight the proposal was accepted. In May of 2007 the Business was launched.
BEE sure to look for the other products that will be available for purchase in addition to the tandem bikes, such as purses, bags, hats, water bottles, fitness accessories, photo memorabilia, and gift certificates!!!