Shop Interview: Westside Skateshop

Posted August 23, 2005 by éS

Shop name: Westside Skateshop
Year shop opened: 1997
Owner's name: John Montesi
Your name and job title: The Boss
Address: 39336 U.S. 19 North, A7, Tarpon Springs, Florida 34689
Phone: (727) 939-2308
Shop hours: Monday-Friday 12:00 noon-8:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 noon-6:00 p.m.
Web site: Westside

How's the shop doing?
The shop is doing awesome.

Who is your typical customer?

Do you have any interesting shoplifting stories?
Yeah. A nine-year-old kid tried to steal nine t-shirts, and my friend John Paul caught him. He was hiding at the couch sitting on the shirts, waiting to break for the door.

Do you get any crazy people coming in off the street?
Yeah, we have bums that live in the woods behind the shop, and sometimes they come in and hang out.

Name the most popular skate videos currently playing in the shop.
The Dango video.

Do you do any special events like video premieres, signings or demos?
Yeah, we have them all the time. We are still waiting for the éS team, so stop by sometime.

Do you have any future events coming up?
Our newest video, called The Good Life, will be premiering in November. Check our Web site for the locations.

Are there any skateparks near your shop?
We have a couple of local city-owned parks and this place called Astro, which is an indoor roller rink that pulls out ramps on Saturdays.

Who are your shop team riders?
Check our Web site for the whole list with bios, photos, and footy.

What's the best part of running a skate shop?
Free product.

Which éS shoes sell the best in your shop?
The Accel because it is a classic, the Koston because it's the shit and the Penny because it has the best style.

What's the best part about éS?
Pure skateboarding at its best.


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