Skateboard Heaven keeps boarders rollingWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Skateboard Heaven offers skaters a place to purchase gear and also showcases area talent.
The store, re-opened in February, has a new location and new ownership.
“At the first of the year I was facing a personal deadline with myself—leave town, or do something,” said Roger Stein, the shop’s owner.
Stein has skateboarded for more than 22 years, but only skates occasionally now.
“It’s more likely I’m going to fall and hurt myself than it is I’m going to land anything cool,” he said.
The shop sells decks, trucks, wheels, skateboarding videos and accessories as well as vintage concert t-shirts. Decks range in price from $30 to $60, with the average price of $50. Professional skateboarders Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler and Bam Margera’s boards are available.
In March the store hosted auditions for a skate team. Stein is trying to promote new owner, new shop and new scene, he said.
The team is mainly focused on promoting the shop and boards but hopes to eventually compete, said Jon Fischer the team’s captain.
“The boards are nice. You have to have a good shape of the board, nice concave,” he said.
Currently, the team skates at local parks and is shooting films. The team is shooting a film with each skater having a two-minute part, Fischer said. The approximately 14-minute film will be available to purchase at the shop once it’s done being shot, he said.
Stein provides the team with minimal advice.
“I tell them to try what I think would look cooler. They do what they do, they all skate really well. But things I wish I could do, I ask if they think they could do them and they do,” Stein said.
Stein’s goal is for one day have the Skateboard Heaven product go nationwide. Right now he’s focused on keeping the shop a place where parents and kids can come together, but teens want to go to as well.
Skateboard Heaven is located at 2540 Tremainsville Road. The shop is protected by a 10-foot statue of the Hulk outside. The store is open noon to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, visit the store’s website at sk8boardheaven.com.
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