Just in time for the impending March break (and some pretty mild weather according to CBC’s Ian Black) Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skateboards, is opening a retail shop in Centretown. Antique has a history of leading some cool projects, including the “While you were on Facebook” video series (embedded above), where Aaron created a community-drive skateboard video that celebrated the sport in Ottawa. He’s hoping to think a bit differently about the business, building something that reflects the community that Antique has developed. “I want to get people motivated to help out and work on more and bigger projects. I believe in people and know that if we work together we can bring about some change” said Aaron.
If the business is going to be a community, Aaron knows that the space needs to reflect that.
“The space is supposed to inviting; it is more than just somewhere to buy a t shirt. There is a social space at Antique. Somewhere where anyone can come join in on all the fun. A space to talk, banter, debate and discuss issues of any kind (although I expect skating to be a hot topic)”
The shop, located at 9 Florence Street, will be opening officially on March 11th, but Antique is throwing a party to celebrate this Saturday night. The evening will also be feature new artwork by Julian Garner and Joel Conroy from Five Cents and music by Dee Jay Frame and Sweetcheeks & Hobo. There is also an after party at Ritual Nightclub, for those who don’t work on Sunday morning.
Everything in the shop will be 15% off when they open for business on Sunday and you can get an Ottawa-designed Antique board for $40 with grip. Join the fun on the Facebook event page.