It’s a classic case of once you find it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it for so long. Tucked away in a little Newcastle side alley known as Low Friar Street, sits a secret the skate community have been in on for years.
Native Skate Store, Newcastle’s only independent skateboard shop, first opened its doors back in 2003, and this year see’s it celebrating its tenth anniversary. Owned by a skater (we’d expect no less!), Native stocks pretty much everything associated with skateboarding and it’s culture. Skateboard brands like Chocolate, Girl, Blind, Enjoi and Fabric are all stocked, as well as skate clothing brands like The Hundreds, Huf, Diamond supply co and Mighty Healthy. And where would a skate shop be without an extensive range of skate shoes? Nike SB, Emerica, Adidas, DVS and DC are all carried brands.
With such an impressive range of products and brands, it’s no surprise that what began as a shoe box size shop has since grown into one of the go to shops for many UK skateboarders. You can check Native out at www.nativeskatestore.co.uk/ . And the best part? They now ship products to over 15 countries in Europe, including France, Germany, Spain and Denmark. Looks like Native’s secret is finally out!