Ride your old skateboards to Epic Skate -N- Snow
Epic Skate -N- Snow prides itself on its focus on skateboarding. The shop is located in Park City at 1700 Park Avenue next to Starbucks.
Owner Dan Dapper opened the business more than a year ago in Salt Lake City. After two break-ins within six months and more than $20,000 worth of merchandise stolen, Dapper realized that is was time to move. If the robberies continued, the store would go out of business, he explained.
Dapper re-opened the store in Park City in October, "We had it in our plans to open a shop up here, so we just accelerated the plans," he said.
Since moving to Park City, Dapper has been working with Todd Ingersoll, president and founder of Skate 4 Homies, a non-profit organization in Salt Lake City that provides kids with skateboarding equipment, shoes and clothing.
Epic Skate -N- Snow is the drop off location for donations to Skate 4 Homies. "Last month we donated more than $3,000 worth of shoes and clothing from the shop," Dapper said adding, "It’s about giving back. The community has been so receptive."
In September, Ingersoll started Skate 4 Homies by distributing skateboards to local artists in SLC. The artists painted and re-designed the boards and gave them back to Ingersoll so he could auction the pieces off. The proceeds go toward buying equipment and supporting Skate 4 Homies.
"Some of the artwork is worth $500. Every board that gets sold on our website or through an art show goes back to the kids," Ingersoll said.
Skate 4 Homies teaches more than 100 kids how to skateboard. Additionally, it provides a place for kids to spend time with good role models.
"There are a lot of athletes that reside in Park City. The kids feel cool knowing older people It boosts their self esteem," Ingersoll said.
Ingersoll started Skate 4 Homies to help low-income children in an after-school program called Youth City, he explained.
"Skateboarding was something that changed my life and helped me meet people and make friends, so I thought it would be cool to give that to kids," he said.
Skate 4 Homies has a warehouse in SLC where Ingersoll teaches skateboarding class’s everyday during the week. Between 15 and 20 kids attend each class, depending on how many kids attend Youth City that day, Ingersoll explained.
"There’s so much busywork to do during the day. But when we get to class, the kids are just there to skate and have a good time. It makes you be in that mood," Ingersoll said.
Epic Skate -N- Snow accepts everything from old skateboards to new and used shoes and clothing. "People can donate any skateboarding gear that they’re not using, including protection pads, helmets and skateboarding parts," Dapper said.
Epic Skate -N- Snow is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1700 Park Avenue. For more information on where to drop your donations for Skate 4 Homies, contact Dan Dapper at (801) 806-1900.
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