Shop name: KCDC
Year shop opened: 2001
Owner's name: Amy Gunther and Nevett Steele III
Your name and job title: Amy Gunther, owner
Address: 99 North Tenth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Phone: (718) 387-9006
Shop hours: Monday-Saturday 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Web site: KCDC
How's the shop doing?
Who is your typical customer?
We cater to just about every type of skateboarder, so we get all sorts. It keeps us on our toes.
Do you have any interesting shoplifting stories?
I hate when kids steal. To me, it's a hell of a lot different stealing from your local skate shop than from some big corporation. It's hard not to take it personally when kids steal from us. It doesn't happen too often, though. But once, a kid stole a complete at a Baker demo and Bobby Puleo started chasing him, then like 50 kids started chasing him, too. The kid got totally scared, started crying and handed the board back to Bobby.
Do you get any crazy people coming in off the street?
Yes, crazy people love KCDC! They come and stand in front of the register and stare at us. That's really the only time we impose the Ten Minute Lurker Law. One guy passed me weird, cryptic notes and then ran away. They've all been pretty harmless, though.
Name the most popular skate videos currently playing in the shop.
DVS Skate More. We play a lot of Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols' videos, like Fruit of the Vine, Tent City or random shorts.
Do you do any special events (video premieres, signings, demos)?
We do art exhibits once every few months, video premieres and demos a lot. We really try to do as many free events as we can to support the skate community and local community. It's a lot of work, but it's worth it!
Do you have any future events coming up?
We'll be having an art show in September, and I'm working on a big, blowout block party with Vice magazine (their offices are right upstairs from the shop) this Fall sometime.
Are there any skateparks near your shop?
There's a concrete park in Bayridge, Brooklyn in Owl's Head Park and the Autumn Bowl in Greenpoint.
Who are your shop team riders?
We don't have an official team yet, but Jerry Mraz, Billy Rohan, Rio and Derek Janoski all get hooked up the best we can.
What's the best part of running a skate shop?
Setting up a kid's first board and then their 20th. I mean, they set their own boards up by that time, but I really enjoy being a part of these kids' lives. A lot of them are just starting to date now and pull me aside to ask advice. Even though we'll never make millions, it's pretty damned gratifying owning your own place and riding out the trials and tribs of it all!
Which éS shoes sell the best in your shop?
The Accel, because it's a truly functional, well-priced, all around great skate shoe.
What's the best part about éS?
The combo of a great team and great, dependable products.