By Julia Eppehimer, Jamestown Up Close Intern
“People are really surprised when they come to town, for how small Jamestown is, for how good of a skate scene we have,” Pete Scheira, owner of Jamestown Skate Products said. Full of hills, stairs, and long country roads, the areas around Jamestown are ideal for nightly street skating ventures.
Of course, Jamestown Skate Products provides plenty of opportunities for indoor skating too. The team transformed a deserted bowling alley from the 1930’s into Jamestown’s only indoor skateboard park. The original chairs from the alley line the outside of the bowl, and murals by local artist Dave Grice adorn the walls.
Throughout the year they host events like “King of the Ramp,” and the “Chili Bowl Bash.” June 21 is National Go Skateboard Day; naturally a big party is in the works. “And then we have a Cinco de Mayo party every May 5,” Pete added. “Because I love Mexican Food.”
Sounds like a good enough reason to host a party. They’ve had the skate park open in the building above the shop for four years now. The business, which used to be known as Suburban Blend, has been around for eight years.
“We were going through a lot of changes,” Pete explained about the store, which sells skateboard and snowboard products. They had recently moved into their current location on Pine St., and were expanding the business. “A lot people thought that Suburban Blend meant a coffee shop…” Not exactly the name they wanted to make for themselves. “We wanted to brand it with Jamestown,” Pete said. So they became Jamestown Skate Products.
Why Jamestown, exactly? Pete returned from seven years of living in California to work in a skateboard shop in his hometown. “It’s a really nice place to live and do business,” he said. “There was an open market for a skateboard and snowboard shop here.” So why not Jamestown?
“You can just be in an empty parking lot and you can make skateboarding as interesting or as hard as possible; you don’t need anything particular to make it awesome,” Pete said. “But now I have an awesome ramp in my home here, and it’s a dream come true.”
To make his dream even better, Jamestown Skate Products recently procured the means to build their own skateboards. For the past couple of months they have added to their merchandise line skateboards that were built in their own shop now called Rust Belt Skateboards.
“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” he explained. “And an opportunity came up where a guy was going to sell some equipment that we needed to complete the puzzle.” So they purchased the equipment and got started.
From new wheels, to snow goggles, cool clothes to helmets, Jamestown Skate Products has “everything you need to enjoy the two lifestyles” of skateboarding and snowboarding. There aren’t too many places around Jamestown that can say that. But the in-house skateboard manufacturing makes them a truly unique and valuable part of the downtown scene.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of flying through the air on a board you just made. “It’s amazing. I feel like the board works even better because I made it,” Pete exclaimed.
Jamestown Skate Products is located at 209 Pine St. in Jamestown, NY. They are open from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from Noon until 6 p.m. on Saturdays. The skate park is open above the store during the same hours.