Keep Pushing Skateshop

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[Music] my name is jonathan marlar i'm 30 years old and this is my shop keep pushing and we just opened up on the fourth i've been skateboarding for the past 20 years new dad so that's been awesome and uh yeah i think the quad cities is super diverse and we have a lot of potential here whether it's athletes skateboarders things like that i i think we have a good group of people because you have your people that live out in the boonies and then you have your city people and it's just really diverse what really motivated you to help the community around here so i wasn't always like this um you know growing up it's always one of those things where it's me me me me and then as i got older and have kids now i want to make sure that they have something positive to look back on so it's what can i do to help my community and the children pretty much so eventually when i can figure out costs and things like that i want to accept food donations to give discounts on boards trucks wheels whatever you need so i can donate those to shelters same once it gets cold we have you know hoodies jacket sweaters whatever people have available i can give discounts to for product so those are some of the things that i really want to do there's also back to school season i know some parents don't have money for school supplies so if i can do a drive to bring in school supplies that i can donate to local schools that'd be something huge as well so what are your favorite skate parks or skate spots to skate around the qc or to cruise favorite skate spot i would think is schwebert park in rock island um that little plaza area that they have i mean it's like a nice little five stair there's ledges i mean and you never get kicked out it's just a nice little spot to skate so for street skating that um i really like our downpour park it's been open now for about 15 years and it's just been really fun to always go to i've been there since opening day until now um and i'm getting ready to check out the new des moines park which is the biggest in the united states so that'll be fine and back to like talking about the potential the quad city has and stuff like that like my buddy even played for the steam dealers so like i have his jersey hanging up um i also have a signed jason randall basketball card that i want to display as well because you know he went to rocky now he's playing professional basketball for the magic sandra is going to roam to play soccer i want to get her jersey to hang up in here i want to showcase that it's not even skateboarding you can do football basketball soccer we have that potential here in this little town have you thought about uh how the qc can get more skateparks i know we were talking a little bit about that earlier i think it really depends on the person and the drive to get these skateparks yeah you know i think it's essential to have these outlets for people to go to to skate things like that because people always say well kids are getting in trouble they need a place to go let's give them a place to go let's have a skateboard absolutely you know so that's where i'm doing everything that i can to try to push this you know i've only been open less than two weeks and i'm already having meetings to try to push this forward to see what we can do to get these kids somewhere to skate just to follow up with that what do you what are your thoughts on like uh the skate church over in davenport hello skate church yeah connor is a good guy he runs it yeah it's it's a nice safe place to go in the winter time summertime when it's too hot it's cheap and you have three floors to skate on so you know you can't ask for much better than that i got my first board in december of 2001 so once i got that and i started learning and progressing i knew that i always wanted to be a part of skateboarding i came from a military family so we moved around a lot and i knew that if i wanted to do something in skateboarding i'd have to live in california that's pretty much it you know if i wanted to be a skateboarder or a pro skater i want to do this california was my ticket well then i sat there and i thought okay what if i start small do a shop you know i love going to local shops every time i go to a new local shop i pick up either a shirt or a board from them so i can you know showcase where i've been in the things that i have um i've always wanted to do something with skateboarding but it really hit me um early february was like really the kick in the butt that i needed to be like okay i have to do it and i quit my job and i just started working on it and it worked out you know i had shoulder surgery from the previous job so i was out of workman's comp i was out for eight months um then covet hit so i was cooped up for the eight months of recovery now covet and you know we don't have anything like this around here you know i love skateboarding i want to take care of our skateboarders and stuff like that so i was like i have to do this and basically from february until now i've just been busting my balls and like really trying to get it going so do you remember your first board yes it was a blind um i had venture trucks i had reds bearings and spitfire wheels do you sell those here like in your shop i will um it's just been really hard with everything here to find time at home to like sit there and like mess around with it once i figure out a day off that i can take i'm just going to start doing more and more to have the show so one of the things i have like over there right now i have three decks that people once they bought a new one they just left it here so eventually what i want to try to do is if it's in good enough shape you know buy some decent trucks some okay wheels things like that to give to kids that can't afford skateboard they really want to do it but they just can't afford it because it's a pricey thing to get into you know the first initial purchase is the biggest after that it's just you know fairly cheap so if i can make these completes for these kids that i can just give out and that's that's what i'm going to do do you love me board at all i don't i have a cruiser set up so that's what i do and i usually use that for like filming and stuff like that sure what's up so what's the difference between a long board and a cruiser so cruisers two seconds sure sure okay so this is what i would use for my cruiser remover okay you know it's a 10 inch wide it's you know the same length as a regular board sure you just put trucks in the big soft wheels on it and that's what i would use for my cruisers so you know your boards are going to have concave and stuff like this so i try to use pretty much from these bolts to these bolts this section because it's the flattest so then i don't have any like wobbles and stuff like that or have to do extra sanding so i try to use this but i mean if we look at it i can use the entire board but i always look at the colors because this is what's going to give you your colors here so if i made this into a ring it's going to be that blue purple the natural wood in orange so each one typically has different colors in it so that's where i get like my colors and stuff like that from you know these boards will go quickly um but this right here is my saving grace so i have a humidifier in here to keep it moist in here so the boards don't warp because with our seasons and things like that if it's too hot when it gets too cold this wood will start to spin and stuff like that so that keeps it humid in here to avoid that so i mean a board can sit up here for you know maybe a couple months and it'll be fine so then once you hit those couple months and it hasn't sold and say hypothetically like it starts warping what do you do so one of the two things i'll do is i'll basically cut the price in half whatever it is half price or someone skating by the board's junk hey man it's warped but here's a free board you know yesterday i did a thing for the next person to come in and buy a board you get free bearings you know and that was a forty dollar free set of bearings that i gave away you know i want to take care of our skateboarders and it's just little things like that that can do it do you have any words of wisdom for any new skateboarders anybody in the qc that's just skateboards i don't skate to get sponsored that's pretty much it you know a lot of these kids have these ambitions and dreams they want to be a pro skater that's awesome but don't just skate to get there you know what i mean like this is all fun you know i've been skating for 20 years i've had shoes sponsored i've had you know hookups from decks and stuff like that but it's all about having fun right you know i didn't go out there and looking for sponsorships it just worked its way to me and that's the biggest thing is a lot of these kids that's all they want is to get sponsored but you need to take the first step and just have fun

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Have you ever met someone that when you see them, you instantly become happier? That’s the kind of person Jonathan Marler is. He is so kind and after speaking with him for 5 minutes, you know he wants to help his community grow.

In this interview, Jonathan explains how he plans to give back to the Quad Cities. If you come into his shop and donate canned goods and, or clothes; he will give you a discount on your purchase and hand deliver your donations for you. That’s a win-win!

If you are interested in buying a skateboard or just want to meet Jonathan, check out his shop!

Located at: 1421 5th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

Have a question? Call today: (309) 517-6421

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