Friday, August 28, 2009

East Coast Surfing Championship, Virginia Beach VA

So this is my first time ever going to the ECSC, let alone being an exhibitor... JJ Catlett and I are posted up with a 10' x 10' DC SHOES tent, with an absolute TON of blow up beach balls, stickers, posters and promo goodies for the kids on the sand. Nearly every Action Sports Industry brand has a presence at this thing, and it's a sea of little "shaka brah" groms and gals. We're positioned directly in between the VIP scaffolding (thanks VANS for lunch, waters & treats) and the huge skateboard half pipe setup right on the sand. Here's a couple shots of the day today... enjoy!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

SCENE 3 reopens in Lynchburg, VA!

Lynchburg, VA - This week marked two months since the fire that destroyed the Jefferson Business Center. One business hard hit is getting back on its feet. You'll remember Scene 3 board shop didn't have insurance.

They had let it run out because they were planning to move. They lost tens of thousands of dollars in merchandise, but thanks to community support they're ready to reopen in a new location on Kemper Street.

"The first week after the fire my phone was ringing off the hook, people from everywhere were calling me, friends who are out in Colorado now, from California were calling," Scene 3’s owner Jeff Gray said.

After losing all their inventory in the fire, "Letters started coming in, random things in the mail, checks, people were bringing stuff to the house," Gray said. One big surprise was a box of boards from pro-skater Tony Hawk. One autographed by Tony himself. “It's pretty amazing." Thanks to people's generosity Gray is back in business and able to work again at his dream job. "I think I drew a poster in Middle School the teacher asked us what we wanted to do and I drew a skateboard shop poster," Gray said. What he ended up with was more than just a store. It's a place to hone up and meet up. "I think it's always been more of a community, a culture than a store," customer Ben Tucker said. And in a bigger space, with room to grow. "It's nice to have the shop again," Gray said.

On Saturday, Scene 3 is having a grand opening from 12:00 to 5:00 at 1315 Kemper Street. They'll have pizza, a band and some skate boarding games, and they'll have a drawing for that Tony Hawk autographed board.