Easy Outlaw Skate Shop touts family fun aspects of skateboarding
You see the logos everywhere you go, emblems representing the numerous brands produced to accommodate skaters in different fashions. While some think that skateboarding is just for teens who are, in some words, hooligans, it is actually one of the most popular sports in the United States and in various parts of the world. Skateboarding is an industry that is bringing in millions of dollars every year and there are several shops and skate parks that have been popping up all over the Gorge.
Thanks to Brian and Jim Taylor, Goldendale will make its own ripple in the wave of this trend with the Easy Outlaw Skate Shop. “We’ve lived in Goldendale in the same house since Brian was born (23 years ago),” says Jim. “My son Brian is a sponsored skater (he’s the one who actually purchased the building) and it has been his life dream to continue working to get kids into skating. So about two years ago, he decided that opening a skate shop was something that he wanted to pursue and I said let’s go for it!”
Brian, who has been skating for the past 16 years, says that because skating is considered “outlawed,” he wanted to change the way people think about skating by calling the family-friendly business, the “Easy Outlaw” Skate Shop. “Since skating is outlawed pretty much anywhere you go, people always look at us like we’re the bad people, but if you ask any real skater, we’re the ones staying out of trouble,” he says. Brian’s father, Jim, agrees, saying that “it is better for (the kids) to be out there doing something they enjoy, rather than getting into trouble.”
The Easy Outlaw Skate Shop won’t just be a place to buy custom-made boards and new clothes, it will also feature an indoor half pipe and game room. Because the Taylors believe in having a good time the right way, they’ll have some guidelines that need to be followed. “Any child who is under the age of 18 needs to be checked in by a parent or guardian with valid I.D. and they must sign a waiver, stating that they know their child is here,” says Jim. “We recommend that kids wear safety gear, although that is totally up to the parent. Every room will be monitored and we will be telling the older children to have respect for the younger ones. We just want to pass those ideas on to the kids.”
With all of the excitement of a new skate shop opening in town, you may be curious about its prices:
• Skating ($5/day)
• Billiards, foosball ($0.50/game, $3/hour)
• Private Sessions on Fridays and Saturdays ($65 for up to 6 people, 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m ., $85 up to 6 people, two pizzas, unlimited soda 8:30 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Easy Outlaw Skate Shop is located at 616 NE 2nd Street in Goldendale and will be open on Monday, June 29. For more information, call (509) 773-3054 or look them up on Facebook.