Cool Shop Club
Ok...so it's easy to make sweeping generalisations that don't really apply to anyone...but here at CSC we think one of the best things about skateboarding is being part of a local scene. Yeah it's awesome to be able to go and skate on your own, but it's nice to know there are people like you out there too...and your first contact with that scene is probably going to be through your local independent skate shop.
We're not knocking the big brands, we're not knocking the distributors, and if we're really honest we're not even really knocking chain-store skate-shops (they're just an easy target). What we really want to do is to convince you that every local independent skate shop is worth supporting.
About Cool Shop Club
The original idea was formed in the pub after a mid-week session at Spit and Sawdust. It basically panned out like this:
- Skate shops are rad. Imagine how rad it would be to have a wall of shirts from UK skate shops!
- We should try and do a tee swap!
- Is that my lager? Why didn't you get peanuts?
The first act of Cool Shop Club was easy. We just decided to make some tees and send them out for free to cool shops. No strings attached, just wanted to see what would happen. We got some tees made, wrote a little note, and sent them out.
As soon as the packages dropped onto doormats up and down the country we started getting stoked and surprised messages from shops. A few days later packages of tees, stickers and rad little notes of support arrived in Cardiff. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't make any difference, but if it's that easy to stoke people out why don't we do more of it? Well, because it costs money. So that's why we brought you here.
MONEY IS POWER!
Below are the cool shops that have sent us tees and got involved in spreading some positivity!
If you are looking to buy skate stuff online...we HIGHLY RECOMMEND you check the places below first because you will be supporting local skate scenes, keeping the money in the right hands and helping to make a difference through choosing where your money goes. At the end of the day money is power and you need to use it wisely!
So that's the point of our ad in Vague, I hope you don't feel we wasted your time. We don't want to sell you anything other than on the idea of buying your next skate related purchase from one of the shops below. Click the links, bookmark the sites, and spend a little extra time making your next purchase instead of going for ultra convenience. If you do, it will really mean a lot.
Thanks, CSC x.
Our friends in Wales...Independent Welsh Skate Shops
Listed below are places you can buy skateboards and other stuff where your money goes right back into supporting the skate scene. These people live and skate in the same place as their shops or skateparks and they do a lot to keep skateboarding special.
Pretty Sweet Skate Shop
Spit and Sawdust
Vale Skateboard Co
UK-wide Independent Skate Shops
The rest of the UK is also blessed with some real good skate shops that put back way more than they have to! Sponsoring skaters, making edits and hosting events but also contributing to a community that supports all kinds of cool stuff that emerges from the skate scene. Support these guys and you help make your scene stronger!