In the blistering summers of Acadia Parish, Meg Arceneaux would watch her grandfather sit in his truck and go about business telling others what to do. She was fascinated with how he operated his work, hoping to one day own her own business.
Today, the 38-year-old owns two businesses in Lafayette — Hub City Cycles and Hawks Boil Up — and employs about 10 people.
She started Hub City Cycles, her first business, wanting to create an atmosphere for everyone to feel comfortable in a bike shop. She had the perspective of a woman, a cyclist, and small business knowledge that would combine to make a successful store.
“My whole thing is, I want to put out my best,” she said. ” … And so I wanted to make sure we would be the neighborhood bike shop. I felt, as a woman, I could do that easier because I have felt out of place a lot as a cyclist.”