Since 1974, the Hoover household has offered and maintained bicycles for the Mennonite group and leisure bicyclists residing in and round Versailles.

Extra lately, this enterprise has entered into a brand new era of possession throughout the household, persevering with to promote and preserve bicycles at its present location within the Morgan County group of Hopewell (Barnett space) below the possession of Josiah Hoover.

Regardless of his youth, Hoover has been capable of obtain the dream of turning into a profitable small-business proprietor whereas embracing the chance to ship an essential service within the Mennonite group the place he resides.

Born in 1999, Josiah Hoover was raised close to Excelsior as an Previous Order Mennonite of the historic Groffdale Convention. This group, although utilizing electrical energy and restricted different trendy conveniences, attire in plain clothes and predominantly makes use of bicycles and black horse-drawn buggies as their technique of transportation.

His paternal grandfather, Hoover mentioned, left his residence within the neighborhood of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, within the late Nineteen Sixties and moved his household to Mid-Missouri.

“I’m the youngest in my household and have two brothers and two sisters,” Hoover mentioned. “Rising up, I attended the Prairie Union College — a Mennonite faculty — and completed there within the eighth grade.”

In recent times, by way of the encouragement of their father, Hoover and each of his brothers have gone on to proceed their research, incomes highschool normal academic diplomas.

He continued, “My father, Lewis, first opened the bicycle store simply exterior town limits of Versailles in 1974, however later determined to maneuver the enterprise into city. My father finally offered the enterprise to my older brother, Mark.”

The bicycle store, which now operates below the enterprise identify “World of Wheels,” was moved to the Hopewell group south of Excessive Level in 2005. Within the years prior, the constructing through which they arrange their new store had housed an automotive restore enterprise.

Hoover recollects going to the store to help his brother after faculty, studying the detailed and tedious facets of engaged on many kinds of bicycles. Moreover, he was launched to the traits essential to be of help to prospects who could be contemplating the acquisition of a brand new bicycle.

“I began working full-time on the store in 2014,” he recalled. “I suppose you would say that I simply form of fell into it.” Grinning, he added, “There was all the time that dream of mine to sooner or later personal it and this someway become a actuality.”

His older brother quickly started to concentrate on one other enterprise enterprise and opened Hoover Surplus close to the bicycle store. In January 2020, when solely 20 years previous, Josiah grew to become the brand new proprietor when buying the World of Wheels from his brother.

“It was actually one thing of a pure development since my brother discovered one thing else that he needed to pursue. However then COVID started to hit shortly after I bought the enterprise and had an influence with regard to produce chain points,” he mentioned. “The lead time on getting new bicycles and restore elements grew to become a priority, however little by little, all the pieces has began to enhance.”

One other essential milestone in his younger life got here on Dec. 16, 2021, when he married Bethany Martin. The couple grew up on reverse ends of their Mennonite group, however grew to become acquainted by way of numerous youth actions and occasions. They now reside in a house on the identical property because the enterprise and are members of the Mennonite congregation at Hopewell Church.

Lots of his fellow Mennonites embrace bicycles as their major technique of transportation, however as Hoover estimates, they comprise solely about half of his general gross sales. With few bicycle retailers in Mid-Missouri, a lot of what he shares on the store is expounded to leisure biking.

When discussing the life-style of the Mennonites, Hoover mentioned his mom has been an essential position mannequin all through his life and an inspiration in his journey of religion.

“My mom may be very rooted within the religion of the Previous Order Mennonites and he or she has positively been an affect to me,” he affirmed.

There have been some adjustments within the simplistic nature of bicycling in recent times that embrace the addition of electrical bicycles, the latter of which he has begun to inventory at his store. Moreover, the summer time months usually grow to be a busy interval on the retailer since persons are extra inclined to spend extra time outdoor, however this doesn’t diminish his enjoyment of being a enterprise proprietor.

“It’s all one thing that I’ve come to understand as a result of it permits me to work together with many various prospects each day,” he mentioned. “The service facet of the enterprise does have its challenges at instances, but can actually be rewarding as properly.”

With a smile, he added, “This can be the one factor that I actually know the right way to do, however it’s profession that has deep roots in my household and is a service that I’m comfortable to have the ability to proceed to offer.”

Jeremy P. Ämick writes on behalf of the Silver Star Households of America.