South Shore Skate Shop, Hingham, Massachusetts
I owned South Shore Skate Shop for three years. I guess I was reliving my childhood. When moving to Hingham from Florida, I noticed there were all these "longboards" all over town. Even the schools had racks for kids who rode them. The town was also just completing construction of a new skate park, so the timing seemed right. I knew I wouldn't make as much money as I had, but it was a chance to get involved in the new town I was living in, meet my kids' friends and their parents.
I did the design and build out for the store, and it turned out pretty good. I started producing custom boards so that was a good creative outlet for me, and working with the kids was rewarding, too. I was able to organize a skate team and book them to host parties for kids. There isn't any money in local competitions and this was a way to help them earn some money.