Best Ideals in Practice

Elise Tyler

At 25, Nashville native Elise Tyler is a small-business owner, a community activist, a recycling advocate, a political organizer and a philanthropist on a modest personal scale—and the hub of these concerns is the Halcyon Bike Shop she runs in 12South. There she preaches the gospel of reuse by teaching bike repair and selling used bikes. In addition, she makes Halcyon a venue for locally produced goods and music; she provides the Oasis Center with pro bono bike-repair classes; she hosts voter registration drives at election time; and she's proved able to connect with indie rockers and retirees alike. In that she reminds us of another big-hearted firebrand whose small business made a big impact on the city: Liberadio(!)'s Mary Mancini. JIM RIDLEY
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