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New Skate Shop To Open In Downtown State College

Professional skateboarder and State College native Jake Johnson will open a new skate shop downtown this summer.

Located at 118 S. Pugh Street in the former spot of Sadie’s Gourmet Waffles, IQ Skate Shop will sell boards, trucks, and wheels, as well as skate accessories and clothing. According to The Centre County Gazette’s Vincent Corso, the shop will also feature a studio in the back to help skaters edit videos and clips.

IQ Skate Shop is eyeing a soft opening in August, followed by a more formal grand opening once students are back in town in September. Johnson, who’s teaming up with former DuBois skate shop owner Clint Kunselman, said the shop aims to grow Centre County’s skateboarding scene.

“I have traveled all over for skating, and skate shops sort of tie you in. So, if you are out there, and you know that there is a shop, you are going to meet locals. They are going to show you around,” Johnson told The Centre County Gazette. “I grew up in State College, and I didn’t know what it was like to have a shop like that…I want to sort of bring in that kind of culture.”

The skate shop’s planned opening could coincide with State College’s long-discussed plans to open a new skate park at High Point Park. The borough received a $245,000 grant in October that brought plans one step closer to becoming reality.

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