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February 1, 2014

For Museum Skate Shop owner, it's 'skate or die'

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“I want to have some events this summer, bring people together, let them see the talent we have here,” Robinson said.

Robison began thinking about opening a skate shop when he started a skateboarding club several years ago. He said there was no place for skateboarders to get equipment except at Sport Tech, and they only had a limited selection of skateboards.

“This shop is about the community,” Robinson said. “If you are a part of the community you belong here. I encourage anyone with an idea or a product or a piece of art to come see me. I want to help people get together — those people who create with those people who want creative stuff.”

Thursday afternoon, two guys came into The Museum Skate Shop to check on some locally made stickers Robinson was selling for an area artist. They wanted to see if the shop needed more inventory.

“I feel like art is really what people want it to be,” Robinson said. “So, this is the people’s museum. I’ll put just about anything on exhibit here.”

Robinson said he has had tremendous community support, and his location on Main Street is affordable. He also has investors and family who support his endeavor. Robinson’s young son is by his father’s side throughout the afternoon, and Robinson’s cousin, Vincent Rey, a linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, is planning a visit to the skate shop this summer.

Robinson is expanding the shop. He is renovating the lower floor which will more than double his retail space. He hopes to have a grand opening toward the end of February.

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