By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Anyone looking for the top models in skateboards and accessories now have a one-stop shopping spot in town.
The Emporium Skate Shop is open for business at the rear of 37 Crystal Ave. in Plaza One.
Owner David Schultz said his shop caters to anything skateboard and scooter, with a wide variety of board brands, apparel and accessories.
Schultz previously had a location on Manchester Road. He wanted to build an indoor skate, park but town zoning officials shot down his plan.
In the new location at Plaza One, Schultz said he’s happy and looking forward to expanding his business.
Schultz, 26, graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 2005 and always loved getting on a skateboard.
From the time he was young, he and friends would build their own ramps and trick areas.
Schultz built his own boards through the years, too, tailoring the board to his own liking, and putting his personal spin and artwork on the wood.
From then on, he wanted to make skateboarding a business venture.
“I had a whole shop in my garage,” he said. “We would go Dumpster diving for wood to build obstacles.”
Now, he said, board fans can stop by for a wide variety of items, repairs and personal service.
“Skateboarding is becoming more accepted in society,” Schultz said.
He said the sport is popular at major competition levels.
As his business grows, Schultz said he hopes to someday install a ramp area at the rear of his location on Crystal Avenue.
He would like to someday utilize extra outdoor space for “jams” and competitions.
Schultz invites people to stop by and see his selection of skateboards, helmets, glasses and other items from all the major brands.
For information about Emporium Skate Shop in Derry, call 489-3445.