Like many who have had a brief taste of Paonia, Teresa and Scott Shishm were asking themselves: How can we get back here? After living in the North Fork from 2001 to 2006, and then Durango for 9 years, Teresa returned to the valley this summer with Scott to begin a new chapter. They are both boot-strapping entrepreneurs. Teresa has her own graphic design company and Scott is a Physical Education Instructor and Bike Mechanic who just opened a bike shop, Shish KaBikes in Paonia. They have a 4-year-old daughter Sonora who is in her first year of school at North Fork Montessori.
As Hive Members, Scott & Teresa have been networking, learning, and collaborating with the Colony to develop their businesses. Teresa rarely misses a Hive Work Sprint or workshop, and Scott was last seen at the Hive gathering feedback on his bike shop ambitions from a full house of Hive Members at a Coffee Collider last week. Teresa also joins us as a front desk Host on Tuesday mornings!
Teresa Shishim has designed and implemented online and print communication for businesses and nonprofits for over 15 years. Her diverse background includes industry and non-profit experience, software development, animal welfare, river restoration, energy efficiency, environmental consulting, and holistic healing. She created her first web site when she was 14, and she has been involved in creative work and design ever since. You can see a sampling of her most recent work for Paradise Theater in their upcoming “Take a Seat at the Paradise” fundraising campaign. Follow Teresa’s work on her Blog at Yoka Design.
Scott Shishim has been a bike fanatic since he was a kid. He learned basics of bike maintenance at an early age from his father and has “wrenched” ever since. His passion for cycling led him to Durango, where he raced for Fort Lewis College and honed his skills at Durango Cyclery working with professional Wrenches. He attended SRAM Technical University and worked on the full gamut of road, mountain, BMX, cross, touring, townie and kids bikes. Scott shares his love of cycling with kids and has coached junior mountain biking through DEVO in Durango, developed after school mountain bike clubs, and taught Physical Education for six years with a cycling program for kids 3 to 13. He is excited to realize his dream of opening a bike shop and bring this experience to Paonia, Colorado to put it on the bicycling map. Check out Scott’s shop, Shish KaBikes, located at 202 Poplar Ave in Paonia. Open Tues-Fri 10-6 & Sat 10-4.