Two businesses connect through running

Two local business owners have found a way to support each other and it started with a stop for some running shoes.

When Closets For Life owner Rick Lyrek stopped in at Burnsville’s Run ’N’ Fun for some new shoes, the owner of the shop, Perry Bach, took note of Lyrek’s blue work van, which bears the logo for his Apple Valley custom closet company and hired him to complete a job at the store. Photo submitted

When Closets For Life owner Rick Lyrek stopped in at Burnsville’s Run ’N’ Fun for some new shoes, the owner of the shop, Perry Bach, took note of Lyrek’s blue work van, which bears the logo for his Apple Valley custom closet company.

Bach was looking to install employee lockers at his store and asked Lyrek if he would take a look at the employee area and give a project quote.

Lyrek had stopped at Run ’N’ Fun to buy shoes prior to the Boston Marathon, which is often regarded as one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. To enter the marathon, runners need a qualifying time in another marathon. Lyrek clocked a qualifying time at Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth last June and had been training heavily this winter with a group of runners.

Averaging 30-40 miles of running a week, Lyrek wears out his shoes quickly. He said he likes shopping at specialty running stores for their expertise and personal service.

Closets For Life, which works with residential clients and designers, builders and architects to creates storage solutions closets, offices, garages, pantries, laundry rooms and much more, installed the employee lockers at Run ’N’ Fun earlier this year.

“In this economy, it is great when local businesses can support each other.” Lyrek said. “It’s an example of how you can make a difference locally and help your community.”