By Laura Barnhardt Cech
12:08 PM EDT, June 10, 2014
Ellicott City’s Main Street has long attracted antique collectors and boutique shoppers. Now, it also draws skateboarders.
“The skateboarding community really needed a local shop,” says Tim LeBon, owner of the new The Good Roll Shop & Gallery. “And Main Street needed a little more testosterone on the street.”
LeBon, who hosts monthly art shows in his shop, is also working on a “Guys Night” companion to the “Ladies Night” First-Friday shopping event on Main Street with music and food.
“It’s a growing idea,” says LeBon, who is collaborating on the event with two other new Main Street shop owners.
An avid skateboarder and snowboarder, LeBon opened the shop and gallery in December at the east end of Main Street, in the space of a former antique shop.
Howard County has some of the finest regional skateboard parks, says LeBon, who lives in historic Ellicott City with his wife, Sarah, who is an artist, and their 4-year-old son. “There’s a big skate scene.”
The average skateboarder is 22 to 35 years old, “probably older than you might expect,” says LeBon.
LeBon, 39, has been skateboarding since 1987. One of the aspects he appreciates, especially after experiencing a debilitating car accident several years ago, is that the sport teaches resiliency.
“Falling isn’t the worst thing,” he says. “Even the best skateboarder doesn’t land every trick every time.”
The shop takes it name from LeBon, which means “the good” in French. The “Roll” comes from the act of skating itself, LeBon says.
The shop carries Filament and HUF shoes, and Obey and Bohnam apparel, in addition to several lines of skateboards, including Krooked, Antihero and Consolidated. He also sells shaped boards and longboards, plus tools, safety gear and accessories for both beginners and more advanced riders.
On the art side, the shop has a small selection of Faber-Castell drawing supplies and Moleskine journals, though LeBon special-orders supplies for customers at a discount.
To some, an art gallery and skateboard shop might seem like an unlikely combination, but LeBon says the two go hand-in-hand.
“Just look at the boards,” he says. “Art and skateboarding tie together so easily.”
On the first Saturday of the month, LeBon takes down his inventory of skateboards, shoes and apparel, sets up a reception table and hangs art. Some of the pieces stay on display for the rest of the month.
So far, the gallery has shown the woodworking of a premier tattoo artist and photography by a local artist. Exhibits by graffiti crews and street artists are in the works.
The Good Roll Shop & Gallery
8018 Main St., Ellicott City
Tuesday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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