Heads up Jake Johnson fans: The Quasi and Converse pro is opening a shop in State College, PA. Located at 118 S. Pugh St., IQ is slated for a soft opening in August, and a grand opening in September when Penn State students return to campus. Johnson breaks down his vision in an article that ran in the latest edition of The Centre County Gazette.
“Really, we are just trying to help the local scene. Have a place for the kids to basically hide out and hang out and have some community,” Johnson said.
“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.”
The shop can be a community for new and experienced skaters, he said.
“They are going to show you around,” Johnson said. “I grew up in State College and I didn’t know what it was like to have a shop like that. So, what I want to do is bring that experience to town, so if kids are growing up here, I want them to know that there are skate shops all over … there is a community all over.
“I want to sort of bring in that kind of culture.”
With High Point Park skatepark in the planning stages, it sounds like this the beginning of a healthy scene. Read the full article here.