Last Lap Cornerstore

The South Side’s Specialty Running Store

About LAST LAP CORNERSTORE

Location
Bronzeville
Contestant
Ian Gonzalez

www.lastlapcornerstore.co

Year Participated
2021
Status
Finalist (Audience Favorite)

Last Lap Cornerstore was born during the pandemic out of a desire to push the running community on the southside forward. Before this, I spent three years starting a running club in Bronzeville and helping to start another one in Hyde Park. As both clubs grew, I realized there was a glass ceiling because there was nowhere on the south side to get any of the essentials needed to run. My solution to this problem was to open a running specialty store in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Since opening in September of 2020, we have serviced the southside running community out of a refurbished shipping container store in Boxville, a black-owned small business incubator, by creating running workshops and partnerships with Black owners and trainers in the health and wellness industry. City-wide, the running community has shared their appreciation for the store via kind words, cards, and purchases. We will continue to stand behind our slogan, “We Run With You.”