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Title: Coolest Shops
Post by: Utopos on May 13, 2020, 01:20:58 PM
Looking to do a US roadtrip, what are the best shops to hit up?
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Post by: Davethedavedave on May 13, 2020, 03:09:56 PM
play it again sports
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Post by: GardenSkater77 on May 13, 2020, 05:14:01 PM
I assume any shop that reps ScumCo is good people:

https://scumcoandsons.com/pages/stockists
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Post by: Davethedavedave on May 13, 2020, 08:04:26 PM
don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow
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Post by: fredgallSOTY on May 13, 2020, 10:15:15 PM
Sky High in Milwaukee is the best skate shop in the world.
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Post by: Carrolls Chesthairs on May 14, 2020, 12:14:11 PM
don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow
idk about all that...
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Post by: Spunkchild on May 14, 2020, 12:18:49 PM
NJ skateshop, Board of Missoula, Lotties, Zembo temple of skate and design, vu in baltimore, Humidity, and of course NJ skateshop.

Labor is sick don't listen to that person. I'm a giga kook and they showed love.
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Post by: Krile on May 14, 2020, 01:58:15 PM
mine
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Post by: HyperBeam on May 14, 2020, 08:34:23 PM
bill's wheels santa cruz. 5 points ventura. none of dat boutique shit
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Post by: TheLurper on May 14, 2020, 09:47:39 PM
N. America Roadtrip
Phoenix - Cowtown
Austin - No Comply
Baltimore - Vu
Montreal - Dime
Philly - Nocturnal
Norfolk - Cardinal
Raleigh  - Endless Grind
Albany - Seasons
Ithaca - Homegrown
Burlington - Maven
SF - DLXSF
LA - Lotties

Euro Roadtrip
Paris - Nozbone
Athens - Color
Tallinn - Reede
Moscow - Pro Skate Shop is pretty good. And, Destroy isn't super core, but the owner is cool (these shops are right next to each other.)
Helsinki - Ponkes
Amsterdam - Tomm's
London - Slam City
Groningen - Skate Store
Bremen - Attitude (The guys at this shop are super awesome. I went in to buy a local board and they treated me to a beer and hung out with me for an hour.)
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Post by: CHONGO on May 15, 2020, 07:49:42 AM
35th ave federal way washington
35th north Pike st seattle washington
unknown boardshop bellingham washington
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Post by: Carrolls Chesthairs on May 15, 2020, 07:55:39 AM
Familia in Minneapolis
Uprise in Chicago
Cal's Pharmacy in Portland
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Post by: offkilter on May 15, 2020, 10:47:31 AM
BLX in Tucson, dope shop and they will make you laugh.
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Post by: rejectpaul on May 15, 2020, 11:48:13 AM
Zoom into Fast Times if youíre in Aus
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Post by: Esmith5488 on May 15, 2020, 06:11:41 PM
no comply without a doubt is a must stop, especially since house park is right behind it.
Vu is the local to me and they have a location up a hill from a park thatís worth checking out if you are going through baltimore
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Post by: WeenisVonHugeDick on May 15, 2020, 07:09:42 PM
No comply is a great shop as well as 303 in denver
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Post by: Maccat on May 16, 2020, 03:29:02 AM
If you find yourself in Michigan, Refuge is where itís at.

+1 if youíre into hardcore.
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Post by: JB77 on May 16, 2020, 11:01:14 AM
Endless Grind, Raleigh NC.  Founded by freestyle legend Reggie Barnes, going strong since 1986...
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Post by: smackenzie on May 18, 2020, 12:18:20 PM
I'll vouch for some already mentioned shops: Nocturnal in Philly and No-Comply in Austin. Both great places with good people, No-Comply especially. Tons of stuff available, friendly dudes, and a great park right behind the shop.

I'll add: Delicious Skateshop in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The shop itself had an ok selection, but the two-story park inside sealed the deal. There's a concrete bowl setup outside too.

Civil in Providence, Rhode Island. They have a few locations but I only scoped Providence. Tons of product, cool dudes. Decent proximity to NJ and New York if you want to go down the east-coast.

Warped Sportz in Crown Point, Indiana. There's really no reason I'd imagine anyone visiting, but if you're in the area check it out... it's all we have haha. Great place though.
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Post by: blurst_of_times on May 18, 2020, 08:48:01 PM
Sky High in Milwaukee is the best skate shop in the world.
I've not been to Sky High (yet) but regardless I will counter your claim with Passion Boardshop in Eau Claire

Familia in Minneapolis is also cool, and Geoff and Jeff @ Freedom in Madison, WI are awesome to chat with
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Post by: blurst_of_times on May 18, 2020, 08:56:05 PM
I want to make a separate post for Passion Boardshop in Eau Claire. Honestly, the coolest shop I have ever been to. It's in a nondescript rambler, but inside the walls are covered head-to-toe with memorabilia, posters, stickers, signed decks, etc. It's basically a skate shop embodiment of a teen skate nerd's bedroom. They have a fish tank with goldfish in it because they love Goldfish so much. The owner gave me dozens of free stickers and patches, and I bought a black sweater with "goldfish" in gold lettering written on the front and I wear that shit at least once or twice every week.
Title: Re: Coolest Shops
Post by: VHS ERA on May 19, 2020, 05:13:22 PM
don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow

donít listen to this guy Labor is good.
Title: Re: Coolest Shops
Post by: Dr Steve Brule on May 27, 2020, 08:59:34 AM
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don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow
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donít listen to this guy Labor is good.
Labor is great
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Post by: tortfeasor on May 27, 2020, 10:12:44 AM
don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow

I'm a dork and the guys at labor were really cool to me.


my top 5 favorite shops are
1)Dime, MTL
2) DLX, SF
3) Ruin, ATL
4) Uprise, Chi
5) Ben G, AMS

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Post by: bad joke on May 27, 2020, 09:01:57 PM
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Labor is good.
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Labor is great

Labor will let you masturbate
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Post by: Seventyfrigginseven on May 28, 2020, 04:47:21 AM
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don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow
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donít listen to this guy Labor is good.
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Labor is great
Good to hear..I live in Maine and the closest shop (with website) that had Venture 6.1s was Labor. Glad that I bought from them.
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Post by: noahch on May 28, 2020, 09:16:57 AM
just based off of my own experiences -

atlanta, ga - ruin
nyc - labor
sf - DLX
LA - kingswell
Title: Re: Coolest Shops
Post by: Shalom Peterson on May 28, 2020, 11:02:44 AM
Mad About Skateboarding in Ft Lauderdale
SPoT & The Boardr in Tampa
Westside in Tarpon Springs
Plus in Orlando / Ft Walton
Relief in Panama City
Waterboyz in Pensacola
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Post by: Grant Patronik on May 29, 2020, 12:00:53 PM
Midwest love!
Familia in Minneapolis, Subsect in Des Moines, and Uprise in Chicago are all great shops with awesome owners/employees.
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Post by: Junglist on June 07, 2020, 11:42:26 AM
Recommendations for shops in Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam?
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Post by: (fake) nollie. on June 08, 2020, 04:54:10 PM
I usually shop at the closest Zumiez, they don't look at me like a freak when I ask what a slappy is. It was an honest question too, skaters are so judgemental ugh.
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Post by: Utopos on June 09, 2020, 05:10:32 AM
I usually shop at the closest Zumiez, they don't look at me like a freak when I ask what a slappy is. It was an honest question too, skaters are so judgemental ugh.

Find a different username or better yet just leave altogether.
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Post by: Glurmpz on June 11, 2020, 01:15:52 AM
Grandeur in Oceanside is my go-to for North County San Diego. Heard Slappy's downtown is rad. I always grab a shop tee or hoody from Pacific Drive for nostalgia's sake.
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Post by: rejectpaul on June 11, 2020, 06:13:18 AM
Recommendations for shops in Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam?

Welcome in Madrid is the one for sure!
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Post by: cucktard on June 15, 2020, 07:02:01 AM
Skull Skates, both Vancouver, Canada and Gifu, Japan.
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Post by: Seventyfrigginseven on June 15, 2020, 09:12:23 AM
Looking for recommendations for cool shops (US)with online ordering that carry DOA decks. I purchased one from Library in Mass last week (whom are awesome btw), but I enjoy spreading the love when I can. I would like to try to stay with this brand for a while. Thanks homies.
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Post by: TheLurper on June 15, 2020, 10:44:54 AM
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Recommendations for shops in Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam?
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Welcome in Madrid is the one for sure!

Nozbone in Paris

Tomm's in Amsterdam.
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Post by: Utopos on June 15, 2020, 11:03:46 AM
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Recommendations for shops in Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam?
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Welcome in Madrid is the one for sure!
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Nozbone in Paris

Tomm's in Amsterdam.

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Post by: Junglist on June 15, 2020, 11:32:10 AM
Dope, thanks guys!
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Post by: Nicki on June 15, 2020, 12:08:44 PM
Zoom into Fast Times if youíre in Aus

Hahaha. Yeah, nah.
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Post by: Mcidraque on June 15, 2020, 05:25:34 PM
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Recommendations for shops in Madrid, Paris and Amsterdam?
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Welcome in Madrid is the one for sure!
Sk8land is a good stop too while in madrid along with Welcome
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Post by: quarterpound on June 28, 2020, 12:45:32 PM
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don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow
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I'm a dork and the guys at labor were really cool to me.


my top 5 favorite shops are
1)Dime, MTL
2) DLX, SF
3) Ruin, ATL
4) Uprise, Chi
5) Ben G, AMS

Sometimes I wonder if the Labor haters are all out of towners who donít realize how intense the nyc unintentional vibe can be.
Title: Re: Coolest Shops
Post by: Spacetravelisboring on June 29, 2020, 12:27:24 PM
Looking for recommendations for cool shops (US)with online ordering that carry DOA decks. I purchased one from Library in Mass last week (whom are awesome btw), but I enjoy spreading the love when I can. I would like to try to stay with this brand for a while. Thanks homies.

Select skateshop in Houston.
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Post by: Rockin Robbin on June 29, 2020, 01:59:30 PM
I'm voting for my own local (RIP) Church of Skatan in Santa Barbara. Was built inside an actual defunct church.

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Post by: Diocletian on June 29, 2020, 02:17:23 PM
FA Skates
6 W Busse Ave
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
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Post by: Crailslideyoface on November 10, 2020, 01:35:47 AM
Probably too late for this, but Escapist in KC is the best if you ever come through
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Post by: Robby on November 10, 2020, 02:43:51 AM
+1 for Zembo in Philly
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Post by: jerrygurneyscream on November 10, 2020, 10:34:55 AM
No comply is a great shop as well as EMAGE in denver
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Post by: Surf The Earth on November 10, 2020, 11:25:04 AM
FA Skates
6 W Busse Ave
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

No question! I was getting worried when Uprise was the only Chi area shop getting love (not that it is not deserved), but FA is the greatest.
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Post by: jerrygurneyscream on November 10, 2020, 12:09:14 PM
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don't go to Labor in nyc, shops the size of a closet and its "cool guy" vibes blow
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I'm a dork and the guys at labor were really cool to me.


my top 5 favorite shops are
1)Dime, MTL
2) DLX, SF
3) Ruin, ATL
4) Uprise, Chi
5) Ben G, AMS
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Sometimes I wonder if the Labor haters are all out of towners who donít realize how intense the nyc unintentional vibe can be.

Damn forgot about Ruin, Ive never felt so welcomed somehwere. Super sad to hear of them closing down
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Post by: Allen. on November 10, 2020, 05:02:12 PM
Refuge, People, & Plus in Dearborn, Keego Harbor and Farmington Hills, MI, respectively.
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Post by: Sila on November 11, 2020, 01:37:50 AM
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Zoom into Fast Times if youíre in Aus
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Hahaha. Yeah, nah.

Yeah half the time it's skate fashion hipsters working there.
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Post by: B. Hopper on November 19, 2020, 12:50:00 PM
303 in Denver
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Post by: Urtripping on November 21, 2020, 08:13:08 PM
Refuge, People, & Plus in Dearborn, Keego Harbor and Farmington Hills, MI, respectively.

People is great, Premier in West Michigan holds it down as well.
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Post by: Crailslideyoface on December 28, 2020, 09:45:22 AM
May have already posted, but Cowtown in Phoenix, SPOT in Tampa, Infinity in St. Louis is my old local and rules and Escapist in KC is my current and favorite
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Post by: Mr. Stinky on December 29, 2020, 07:47:52 AM
Raunch in Salt Lake City.
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Post by: Freelancevagrant on December 29, 2020, 07:57:01 AM
Home in Louisville is my favorite shop in the world.

No comply in Austin is great too, itís my local so I might be biased.

Rise in Fort Wayne is pretty solid too, similar vibe to no comply because of the built in coffee shop and the park right down the street.
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Post by: Sluggloaph on December 29, 2020, 09:49:24 AM
Seen nocturnal mentioned. Solid. Also if yer in Tucson my man of kilter is correct BLX is the shop. Albuquerque has filter, sick. If yer in the"Philly area"  fairmans is awesome and kinetic in delaware is doap.
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Post by: Surf The Earth on January 06, 2021, 07:48:11 AM
Raunch in Salt Lake City.

A f***ed up place to buy some s***
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Post by: Mr. Stinky on January 06, 2021, 04:45:07 PM
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Raunch in Salt Lake City.
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A f***ed up place to buy some s***

Hell yeah it is. Brad is the best dude, so glad he started things back up.
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Post by: CossRooper on January 12, 2021, 10:32:00 PM
Central Florida/Orlando, FL - Plus Skateshop. Ignore everywhere else in Orlando, really.

Daytona Beach, FL - Energy
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Post by: Mr. Kamikazi on January 13, 2021, 07:51:40 AM
Holistic Skateshop: Reading PA
Ignition Skateshop: Lancaster PA

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Post by: Cuban_Lynx on January 13, 2021, 08:51:48 AM
FA Skates
6 W Busse Ave
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
I'm fiercely loyal to Uprise, but I've recently order a few things from FA that Uprise doesn't carry. I can confirm, they are awesome! Zero cool-guy vibes, free product box, etc. I even called for a board that wasn't on the site and they tracked it down from a rep and got it shipped to me.

I moved out of Milwaukee 6 years ago, but Sky High is awesome.
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Post by: Murge on January 13, 2021, 10:03:01 AM
Orchard was my favorite so far. I went in got a orchard sling bag and hat told the dude I was from Midwest  and wanted pop in before leaving. And the guy working was super welcoming and chill. Gave me some zines Stickers and an orchard patch he said I can sew on whatever hat or beanie. Set the bar for welcoming and cool skate shops. If my local donít have stuff I always check orchards site just incase they got it.
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Post by: Diocletian on January 13, 2021, 10:55:11 AM
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FA Skates
6 W Busse Ave
Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
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I'm fiercely loyal to Uprise, but I've recently order a few things from FA that Uprise doesn't carry. I can confirm, they are awesome! Zero cool-guy vibes, free product box, etc. I even called for a board that wasn't on the site and they tracked it down from a rep and got it shipped to me.

I moved out of Milwaukee 6 years ago, but Sky High is awesome.

Jon at FA is such a good dude, he has done a lot for me over the years and I've given him a ton of my money.

Uprise is alright, I've been in there a bunch of times and there's a couple nice guys but the rest have too-cool type attitudes and overall the shop has a stuck-up boutique vibe than an actual core shop.

Phase II in Milwaukee is also an amazing shop and the owner Mark is a really great guy. Never been to Sky High but that "Wi skate" crew rep it hard and shred even harder.
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Post by: Cuban_Lynx on January 13, 2021, 11:42:15 AM
Ah, I thought Phase II was out of business, but that's only the Eastside shop. It looks like they're still open in Tosa. They were my go-to for nearly a decade when I lived on the Eastside/Riverwest.

Jamie Thomas was the only person to ever cool-guy me at Uprise. They do have more of a boutique vibe, but they've always gone out of their way to help me get stuff. I first ordered some AWS boards from them in 2010 and they were worried about scuffs, so shipped me a box straight from DNA. I have a ton of stories of them looking out for me.

I'm a more recent FA customer, but they've been really helpful, friendly, and patient with my dumb requests.

I know absolutely nothing about Prosper. Yeah went under about 1-2 years ago. I think those are the only Chicago shops.
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Post by: Surf The Earth on January 13, 2021, 12:27:56 PM
I got my first skateboard at FA in 2007. Back when they were in the first spot that was huge in the back. Ever since then FA will always hold that special place of being the best skate shop in my mind. I like Uprise. I think it represents the city really well. I just never feel at home there.
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Post by: Cuban_Lynx on January 14, 2021, 02:13:25 PM
OK, just a quick follow up. I contacted FA last week about getting something I didn't think was even possible to obtain anymore. They got it for me at 30% less than I originally saw it for. So yeah, those guys rule.
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Post by: banksandledges on January 14, 2021, 03:28:32 PM
Anyone who thinks anyone at Uprise puts out a cool guy vibe must have social anxiety or something. Theyíre literally probably one of the most down to earth shops and helpful staff there is.
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Post by: Cuban_Lynx on January 14, 2021, 07:32:20 PM
Anyone who thinks anyone at Uprise puts out a cool guy vibe must have social anxiety or something. Theyíre literally probably one of the most down to earth shops and helpful staff there is.
Haha, yeah everyone there as been hella cool to me. Itís hard to remember the days of hanging out at the shop, though. A few months back I watched someone get chewed out while asking for ID on a curbside pickup. He was totally chill even while getting shouted at. Even I wanted to clock that dude.
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Post by: Cellular on January 14, 2021, 10:23:40 PM
local is slappys garage, only been to linda vista location and everyone there is chill and theres zero cool guy vibes.  mom wanted to come with one time and she left with a postive image in her mind

fa skates def the hookup they got really good deals, ship with tracking etc.  def my second fav

cowtown pretty dope too.  i fw how they dont sell fa and hockey online