Shopping Planner: Anchor Skate Supply and Friday at the Fountain
New Year, New Shop: Anchor Skate Supply
With construction set to begin soon on a skate park at St. Petersburg’s Campbell Park, it’s not surprising that a skate shop would open right next to it. The shop is co-owned by Nick Nicks, a member of the St. Pete Skatepark Alliance responsible for persuading the city to build the park. Yet Anchor Skate Supply wasn’t originally part of the plan, but the result of a serendipitous moment when Nicks’ friend Robb Brown approached him about opening the shop. He’d wanted to open a business, so he saw the new skate park and the lack of other skate shops as a great opportunity.
“He said, if you don’t do it, someone else is, ’cause the park’s coming,” Nicks recalled.
They searched for a location that made sense strategically. They found it at 501 16th St. S, perched on a corner of the perimeter of Campbell Park. The building wasn’t even for rent, but they made an offer and got the keys in August. They’ve been open for just a few weeks.
In addition to skateboard decks, trucks and wheels, Anchor also carries apparel for men, women and children and will eventually have shoes. While you can find some mainstream skate brands, such as Santa Cruz, Nicks wanted to focus on some of the smaller, harder-to-find brands including Welcome, Polar and Preservation Board Co. A brand that Nicks started a few years ago, No Comply, has been revived as a house brand. They also have fun patches and enamel pins from local maker Josh Comics. They’ll begin selling cold-brew and drip coffee from Black Crow Coffee Roasting, with plans to eventually get an espresso machine. With an emphasis on community involvement, Nicks plans to have art shows and video releases at the shop.
The grand opening event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. There will be skateboarding; food from Z Grille; coffee from Black Crow; live music from TheyHateChange, Jeff Williams (Archaic Interest) and Blestian; and product specials. (727) 623-4580. anchorskatesupply.com.
Family Fun: Friday at the Fountain
Looking for something fun to do with the family? Head over to Hyde Park Village in Tampa. Not only does the tenant mix have a little something for everyone, but it’s also a lovely setting. And, this Friday kicks off a new event series, Friday at the Fountain, from 6 to 8 p.m. (Also planned for the first Fridays in February and March.) Expect to find popups and in-store events, as well as specials and giveaways from participating merchants including Vineyard Vines, Juxtapose Apparel & Studio and West Elm. The Matt Winter Band will provide the tunes in the Village Circle and there are free fresh doughnuts from Disco Donuts. 744 S Village Circle. hydeparkvillage.com.