Skateboarding goes through economic ups and downs, and when it starts to look bleak, it’s the people who actually care about skateboarding, who will do anything to make it work, that will survive. Eugene Kang is one of these people, running Terminal skateshop out of his tiny living room in NYC, making a living selling skateboards. There are no store hours or restrictions: If he picks up the phone and he’s awake, he’s open for business. Eugene will even deliver and bring skate goods to you, if you aren’t too far away of course. With the skateshop only being advertised through word of mouth, the shop isn’t that well known outside of his neighborhood yet. To find out more, we took the train uptown to check out his apartment / shop and documented this local’s story with support from Levi’s Skateboarding.


  1. Mark

    October 15, 2014 9:48 am

    Nice story. Thanks.

  2. Mike

    October 15, 2014 1:04 pm

    Rootabega Stix of Rochester, Minn., was the premier shop run out of someone’s parents’ basement in the mid-90’s until the owner started attending the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, at which point the shop moved north. I bought a Guy Mariano or Sean Sheffey board that was gripped in a college apartment kitchen when I was 16. Proof the joint had a Girl account, the name is immortalized on this ancient “Best Skate Shop Names” list:

    Copy and past for proof.

  3. gregos

    October 15, 2014 5:37 pm

    Nuge is getting old…

  4. smashedup

    October 15, 2014 6:30 pm



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