Fundraiser launched to save Verona’s Rocket Bicycle Studio, (n + 1) café and lounge 

Peter Oyen and Jessica Laufenberg, the owners of Verona’s Rocket Bicycle Studio and (n + 1) café and lounge, are calling for community support through a crowdfunding campaign that will determine whether or not the businesses are able to remain open following the summer, according to the Verona Press.

The pandemic hit only 10 months after adding (n + 1) to the bike shop, leading to supply chain shortages and debt that forced the business to pause this past January.

Laufenberg opened SBR Coaching — a multisport coaching business for bikers, swimmers, runners, and triathletes — on South Main Street in 2005 and partnered with Oyen in 2009 to add a bike shop at a new Venture Court location. The partners moved their business to Bruce Street in 2017 and added (n ­+ 1) to create a community space.

Since the fundraiser began on June 12, the community has raised $32,792 of Oyen and Laufenberg’s $150,000 goal. Donations will be refunded if the goal is not met. Opportunities to donate are available on the Rocket Bicycle Studio website as well as the (n + 1) café and lounge website.