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[Photo Story] IQ Skateshop Brings Skating Hub To State College

There’s a new hot spot for skateboarders in downtown State College, folks.

IQ Skateshop, located on the corner of Pugh Street and Calder Way, offers board decks, completes, wheels, trucks, apparel, footwear, and more, to meet your skateboarding needs.

IQ Skateshop opened its doors on August 28. Co-owners Jake Johnson, Clint Kunselman, and Ben Wentz partnered to open it with the hopes to create a hub for skateboarders in the area — something that didn’t exist for locals like Wentz and Johnson while growing up skating in State College.

“We want this to be a destination where people can come and find products that they can’t find, you know, anywhere else,” Wentz said.

Kunselman came to help Johnson and Wentz open IQ with his experience from running his own skate shop in DuBois. The trio has seen a lot of beginners and skaters who are getting back into the sport.

“The shop has been like a conduit just to bring skaters back out, and a place for them to come and meet up,” Johnson said.

Ben Wentz, Clint Kunselman, and Jake Johnson

Unlike Wentz, Jake Johnson is not a Penn State grad. Johnson found success in a professional skateboarding career that started back in 2007 and took him from his home in State College as he worked and traveled with sponsors over the last 14 years.

Jake Johnson

Johnson hopes the shop can help eager new skaters get started. He also hopes to use his influence to act as a voice for the skateboarders who are already here. Johnson’s been working with the borough on plans for a new skate park, which are still being developed.

Clint Kunselman putting barcodes on the complete decks IQ has on display.

Between 5 and 8 p.m. on Friday, October 1, Johnson and Wentz will be at 3 Dots Downtown displaying the new skate park concept with the use of virtual reality headsets. The public is welcome to come and add input for the design.

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Teagan Staudenmeier

Teagan is a junior majoring in photojournalism and one of Onward State's photographers. She is from Wilkes-Barre, PA, but is a Canadian at heart. On campus, she is involved in Photo Club, and is an Aurora outdoor orientation leader. For more fun content, follow her on Twitter: @Teag_42.

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