After more than 16 years in business, Talent Skatepark & Shop in South Burlington will close its doors on Aug. 5. Founders David and Hannah Deene Wood cite multiple reasons for the closure, including a growing decline in skateboarding as a sport, increased competition from online retailers, and young peoples’ technology habits.
“We tried to combat the business decline for years,” said Hannah Deene Wood. “We saw over time how our loyal customers shifted their purchasing habits online, and our business plan, which relied on retail sales, was deeply impacted. We remain incredibly grateful for the skaters who have honed their skills at Talent and considered its walls a second home. The skate community is a second family that I love so much.”
David and Hannah are not ready to disclose their future plans, opting instead to focus on the weeks ahead which will include a culminating celebration planned for Aug. 3 featuring professional skateboarders who started their skateboarding careers as children at Talent – Chris “Cookie” Colburn, Jordan Maxham and Collin Hale.
“Stop by, skate with us, and share your memories with us,” said David Wood. “Enjoy the final weeks of skateboarding in the air conditioning.”