Social Enterprise

Keystone's social enterprises, Express Bike and History Tours, provide revenue to support our youth and senior programs.

Unique Business Model Supports Keystone's Youth and Senior Programs

Keystone’s social enterprises include the Express Bike Shop and Keystone’s History Tours. By being a customer at the bike shop or participating in a tour, you are providing financial support that goes directly back into Keystone’s youth and senior programs.

What is a social enterprise?

Keystone is a member of the Social Enterprise Alliance who defines a social enterprise as “organizations that address a basic unmet need or solve a social problem through a market-drive approach.”

For Keystone, our social enterprises have allowed us to integrate an entrepreneurial spirit into our organization and to offer our community services and programs it needs. In turn, these entrepreneurial ventures generate revenue for our programs and supplement to our other funding sources.

Keystone History Tours

Keystone’s History Tours Program is designed for sightseeing adventurists and history buffs. Keystone staff design and lead the tours. Tours are presented by David Bredemus, Keystone’s Historian and Tour Guide. Dave specializes in local, regional and international tours based on history, culture and geography. Through this program, we are pleased and excited to present you with fun, informative, adventurous and educational excursions.

Proceeds from the History Tours program are used to support Keystone’s Senior program. Your participation in a tour helps seniors stay connected to their community.

2020 History Tour Season Coming Soon

We are busy making final plans for the 2020 History Tour season. Our tours will immerse you in history in the Twin Cities, around the state of Minnesota, and across the country. We anticipate the brochure being out in February 2020 and registration will begin soon thereafter.

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History Tours Liability Statement

Tours are under the management of Keystone Community Services, which acts as agent in arranging for transportation, hotel accommodations, sight-seeing, and other services, as described in this brochure. Therefore, we shall not be liable or responsible for any loss, injury, damage, accident, delays or cancellations of or changes in itinerary, schedule or accommodations caused directly or indirectly from acts of God, fire, strikes, acts of governments or civil disturbances, riots, thefts, pilferage, any act or default of any company or person engaged in transporting the passenger or rendering any other service or carrying out the arrangements of any tour, or by the act of default of any hotel proprietor or servant. The right is reserved to alter the itinerary or schedule at any time, with or without prior notice, if in the opinion of the operator such an adjustment is necessary or desirable. Keystone Community Services reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as member of any tour should such person’s health, mental or physical condition or general deportment impede the operation of the tour or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other passengers and a refund of recoverable unused land tour services is the limit of the agent’s liability should such a person be required to terminate the tour. No refunds will be granted for any unused portions of this tour unless arranged with the operator’s approval in writing in advance. Meals, gratuities, entertainment and tax are not included in tours unless specifically stated. Fares quoted herein are based on those rates in effect at the time of the printing of this brochure and while no changes are anticipated, fares are subject to change without notice.

Express Bike Shop

The Express Bike Shop opened in an abandoned gas station in 1995. The shop was created by youth who had participated in programming offered by Youth Express and who wanted a job, but were having a hard time getting one. The idea came to the teens because St. Paul Police had a large collection of unclaimed bicycles that they thought could be used instead of taking them to the scrap yard. And thus, the Express Bike Shop was created.

Employing youth

The Express Bike Shop is a used bike shop that turns donated bikes and bike parts into working bicycles. Young people work in the shop for 6-month apprenticeships. During this time, youth apprentices are trained in bike mechanic skills. Youth are also trained in the skills of running a small business – marketing, sales, teamwork, etc.

20+ Years Old and Still Growing

The shop outgrew its original location, so after a successful capital campaign, Express Bike Shop moved to its current location on Selby Avenue in 2007. Express Bike Shop has collected and refurbished, re-purposed or recycled over 30,000 bicycles. Over 6,000 customers each year choose Express Bike Shop for their bicycle needs. And 500 young people have completed a paid apprenticeship at the shop.

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Process at Express Bike Shop

Before: Donated Bike

Before bike photo

During: apprentice Fixes bike

During bike photo

After: Refurbished bike for sale

After bike photo

Support Youth Through the Express Bike Shop

By being a customer at Keystone’s Express Bike Shop, you are helping youth gain valuable first job experience. Plus you’ll get first-rate customer experience at reasonable prices.