Rolling out a new skate shop in Carbondale
How did your business start?
For a lot of skaters, it’s always a dream to start their own skateshop. In ’11 Luke and Molly started with the initial pop-up full-functioning skateshop. The summer was great, and we kept and eye out for a more permanent location. Fast forward to ’13 and we are very proud to be moving into a much larger space this year and adding tons of new merchandise and gearing up for the winter.
What do you sell?
We sell a large variety of skate gear specializing in longboards with an emphasis on apparel and accessories for men and women. We also support local brands, companies and artists. In the winter months, look for all the winter gear you’ll need to hit the slopes. We take pride in having top of the line products and the best service you’ll get in the valley.
What positive lessons did you learn during the recession?
The importance of supporting local businesses. We need to work together as a community to continue to create this utopia that is the Roaring Fork Valley. The more we shop out of town or online the more we all lose, not to mention the lack of customer service you receive from large stores and online.
What strategy do you use to hire good people?
We are completely owner operated.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
Continue to provide quality products with comparable prices. Expanding into snowboards and supporting local artists and clothing designers. Also plans are in the works to host different events such as our grand re-opening party June 28, as well as supporting local skate competitions, and skaters. We also have a gallery space where we host a different First Friday artist each month.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
We love Carbondale and the people in it. Carbondale is also a very active town, people enjoy getting out there to appreciate this amazing valley. There is also a strong sense of community, people like to take care of one another here. Shopping local is important to us and the people that live here. Honestly we couldn’t have found a better place to open up shop.
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“It’s great to see your customers that constantly support you, so this is my way of saying thank you,” – Sarah Niebler, Sunshine & Moons owner and pastry chef