Spokane entrepreneur’s unique business hits road block

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by Honora Swanson & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 8:11 AM

SPOKANE -- A Spokane entrepreneur hopes her new business makes it through the winter. She recently launched “Spokane Party Trolley”, a 16-person bike steered by a sober “driver” and powered by people looking to get to the next bar.

Owner Nina Kindem said when she opened her new business in September; she thought all she needed was a limousine license and a sober navigator. She said she was also aware her passengers needed a banquet license to drink on board.

But Kindem said the Liquor Control Board recently told her those licenses do not apply for what she is doing, and that open containers are not allowed on her bike.

“Because this is an undefined business that has not been done anywhere in Spokane before, it makes it difficult for them to know where to direct me,” Kindem said.

Kindem said she is now following the rules and not allowing people to drink on board, but that is costing her business. She has already had to refund some people.

The entrepreneur said she is figuring out how to make it work, and already plans to expand with two more bikes. In the meantime, Kindem said she is working with bars to get her customers deals when they make stops.
 

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