L-R Isaac and Gabe Roxburgh pictured in their newly opened alternative skate Boutique called
L-R Isaac and Gabe Roxburgh pictured in their newly opened alternative skate Boutique called "Nan & Pop" in Evans Head. Patrick Gorbunovs

Skating a runaway success

SINCE opening their Evans Head skate shop in September, brothers Gabe and Isaac Roxburgh have been going flat out.

Tucked away in the Rosolen Arcade their Nan and Pop - Alternative Skate Boutique is dedicated to local skateboarding and alternative lifestyle.

"We expected it to be quiet when we opened but it's been nice to be busy from the start," said Isaac Roxburgh.

"There is a big skating population here in Evans and its growing every day.

"More girls are starting to skate and people use it as a style of transport around here.

"It's quite flat around Evans Head and riding the larger cruiser boards with bigger wheels, it's pretty easy to get around."

The brothers worked multiple jobs for a year to save up the money they needed to start their skate shop debt free. "There's no point going into debt at the start because then you just stay in debt.

"The idea originally came about with the realisation that Evans Head has never supported this sub culture with a physical shop. You've always had to go well outside of Evans to get skate gear and also to participate in the skate scene.

"Our shop solidifies the town as a real part of the Far North Coast skateboarding community."

The Roxburghs are also helping set up a committee lobbying council to get extensions done on the Evans Head Skate Park.

They plan to organise skating events and are looking to push a strong photo, film and design side to the shop.

"My brother Gabe is a professional photographer and we also design graphics so the business is also a creative outlet for us," he said.

"We're really looking forward to our first summer, putting on events, keeping skating alive, and having sales everyday and hope to be supported by the local community."



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