A skate shop may seem like a harmless, nonthreatening business that’s just a few doors down from your house.
But a skateboarding company called XB-XO might be the next step in the skateboarding world, one that will make your life easier than ever before.
A little over a decade ago, the owner of XB XO, Travis Scott, noticed that he was having trouble finding a ride to his shop.
“I went to a lot of places, but I never found a good one,” Scott said.
“The owner of the shop was like, ‘Oh, I don’t know.
Can you find me a ride?'”
Scott wanted to make the ride for free so he could help his skateboarding business grow, so he set up shop at a skate shop called the Ice Cream Shop.
The Ice Cream Store was a one-man operation, Scott said, and he relied on a friend to provide the rides for free.
So, Scott began offering free rides to skateboarders, skateboarding clubs and people who wanted to buy skateboard parts and apparel at his shop, XBXO.
Eventually, XO began becoming a major destination for skateboard owners and riders, with thousands of customers signing up for rides each week.
Over the past few years, XOs popularity has grown exponentially.
Scott said his shop saw 1,500 rides a day last year and expects to see about 6,000 this year.
While skateboarding and XO may seem small, they are huge business in skateboarding circles, and the company has been featured on TV and in magazines such as X Games and The New York Times.
When Scott first set up the XO shop, he thought it would only be a hobby.
But after finding out about skateboarding, he said, “This is where I want to be.”
Scott said the first thing he would do was make sure his skateboard was a good quality product.
He then purchased a few parts and made sure the skateboard itself was a quality product, such as high-quality wheels, a quality handlebar, and a set of skateboard wheels.
Scott said he also wanted to take a look at the safety aspect of skateboarding.
“If you get caught skating down a slope, you’re going to hurt yourself,” he said.
“I wanted to do a little more research into safety so I could make sure I was riding safely.”
Scott told me that he has been skating at the Ice Candy Shop in Manhattan for the past two years, and that the shop has seen huge demand.
“It’s like a Christmas miracle,” he told me.
XO is currently looking for a new skateboard to open at the shop in New York City.