It's Sunday, so I'm back at Second Nature in Peekskill, where Sk8terdude and a small but active group of boys are ignoring the incredibly beautiful weather outside so they can work on some new tricks inside.
And they're not the only ones tackling some new tricks. (I'll do my best to avoid the old dogs reference here!)
I sat down with the owner for a quick chat. Yesterday he set up shop at the Tarrytown, New York Healthy Kids Day. They ran free mini-skate lessons for kids of all ages, handed out information about the skate shop, and encouraged kids to sign up for summer camp at the skatepark (registration is now open). Sounds like everyone left with a smile...
In the process, we touched on some marketing ideas for the skatepark and some of his plans for the future. On his wish list: replacing the upstairs half-pipe with a bowl (that's on Sk8terdude's wishlist, too), getting involved with The A.Skate Foundation, (their mission: Autism. Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, and Education), ordering 2ntr-branded tote bags to sell and/or use as gift bags for camps, parties, etc., and providing additional opportunities for homeschool groups (one group already meets here on Friday mornings).
But before they get to the wish list, there are some actual events to oversee, including the upcoming art show opening, Friday, May 11th, at 7:30 p.m. A sequel to the recent Megadeck 2 show which ran at the Paramount Center for the Arts in February, the show will feature more than 20 local artists celebrating the skateboard deck. Stay tuned for details...
The skatepark at Second Nature is rolling up to its first anniversary (June 10th). As the day-to-day details of running the skatepark become, well, second nature, it's great to see these guys expand their horizons, looking for ways to give back to the community while continuing to grow their business.
Now if they would only build me a private parent lounge!!! (Just kidding...sort of.)