Mountain Skate Company is creating style on four wheels.
EMILY VEALEY SKATES WITH THE CHEMICAL VALLEY ROLLERGIRLS—”a very good place to start if you want to start skating”—and can often be found at Charleston’s newest skate park. She grew up skating in the basement of an old store in Clay County and found her love for it again as an adult. That love manifested into Mountain Skate Company, the place where she’s creating some wicked wheels out of your favorite kicks.
MSC visitors will find tucked away in her husband’s tattoo shop, Iron Moon Tattoo, a selection of skate gear, accessories, and unique custom skates. “You can bring a shoe or boot to us, and we will make them roll,” Vealey says. “As long as it can safely be built, we will.” For her, the process is almost an art. From the classic Vans to cowboy boots to a pair of beloved in-line skates, she’s done it all.
And while each pair is one of a kind, another product is available at the shop that draws people in and keeps them coming back: community. “When I was wanting to go to the skate park as a little girl, it was scary,” says Vealey. “It feels like you don’t fit in. We want to break that and try to build a good skate community so everyone feels welcome.”
Follow Mountain Skate Company on Facebook to learn about events like roller derby bouts and the shop’s annual Halloween Rollout. 601 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 201, Charleston, mtnskateco.com, @mountainskates304 on FB