The Meteor: Coffee and Bikes
The Meteor opened its first cafe in Little Rock in June 2017 with a complete renovation of a historic 1897 building. The Meteor's Instagram and Facebook pages showcase the brand's fresh, refined aesthetic. Our cafe offers specialty coffee drinks, a selection of beer and wine, house-made baked goods, and a full menu of ingredient-driven food options. Our bike shop offers a boutique retail environment that sells a curated selection of bikes, accessories, and Meteor-branded soft goods. We intentionally choose every product we carry, and we are dedicated to serving experienced cyclists, newcomers, commuters, cruisers, or anyone else who rides a bike.
THE METEOR was founded in 2016 by business partners Doug Zell and Chris St. Peter. Doug is the founder of Intelligentsia Coffee, one of the most influential and pioneering players in the coffee industry (more on them below). Chris is an attorney with experience with a large international law firm before making the leap to a business owner-operator.
Both are avid cyclists and close friends, largely through their shared love of the sport. Their vision began with a strong desire to create a beautiful retail environment that combined truly great coffee and bikes - two cultures that compliment each other. So they started a concept of their own: THE METEOR.
Intelligentsia Coffee: The Meteor's Heritage
The Meteor exclusively serves Intelligentsia coffee and tea products. Although Intelligentsia and The Meteor are separate companies, they share a common heritage, vision, and aesthetic.
Doug Zell co-founded Intelligentsia in Chicago in 1995. The company now has 17 locations in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Watertown (MA). Intelligentsia is considered a leader of the modern, "third wave" coffee movement, and is often referred to as one of the three most important coffee companies in the world (along with Starbucks and Peet's). The company routinely wins local, national, and international "best of" awards.
If you browse the Intelligentsia website, you'll notice that each Intelligentsia location, while distinct from every other location, is a beacon of retail design. Doug is highly involved in the site selection and design of each location, and he is the driving force behind the brand's refined aesthetic, which has clearly carried over to THE METEOR's current and future locations in select markets across the country.