SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.
Everyone is looking for that cool factor, and Curating the Cool can help. The store specializes in vintage and consignment furniture and home goods that add retro charm and memorable pieces to any room. When picking pieces for the store, the staff focuses on quality over quantity, which ensures its inventory is purchased and updated quickly. Customers can pick up vintage items ranging from colorful beaded bracelets to lawn decorations and peruse a selection of new items, such as purses from Cloth & Ink, skincare products from The Mod Cabin, and glassware from Vital Industries.
Bistro 503 is the idea spot for when your dinner party can't even agree on which continent dinner should come from. Menus span the globe with prosciutto- and truffle oil-infused chicken marsala, pepper jack-stuffed squash risotto, and pad Thai. Vegetarian and gluten-free options abound—even the chicken marsala is free of gluten upon request. Breakfasts are just as unique, pairing eggs and bacon with caramelized plantains.