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After an expansion just two years ago, Saline's elite downtown bike shop, Cadence Cycle, closed in June. Known for its high-end bikes and triathlete supplies, the store first opened back in 2006 on West Michigan, moved up the street a year later to East Michigan, and then expanded a year after that--its owners reporting high-volume sales from the store's online business as one of the reasons they could renovate and expand the shop. But the website is now down, the shop is empty, and neither owner could be reached for comment.

Three new eateries are planned downtown once the new owners of the long-vacant Kelly's and Saline Cafe get their liquor license approved by the state. That may take anywhere from three to six months. In the meantime, new owners Peter and Laurie Toarmina, along with Peter's two sisters and their husbands, Mary and Len Sheko and Rosemarie and Ron Tolson, are sprucing up the place.

"We've dismantled the bar, and we're redoing the countertops, the bar tops, and putting in new lighting," says Peter Toarmina, who with Laurie also owns Mickey's Dairy Twist farther west on Michigan. He says they'll install a display oven, so that customers can watch their pizzas cook, and offer a full menu with Italian dishes.

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