There’s a new hot spot for skateboarders in downtown State College, guys.
IQ Skateshop, located at the corner of Pugh Street and Calder Way, offers boards, complete boards, wheels, trucks, clothing, shoes and more to meet your skateboarding needs.
IQ Skateshop opened on August 28. Co-owners Jake Johnson, Clint Kunselman and Ben Wentz have teamed up to open it in hopes of creating a hub for area skateboarders – something that didn’t exist for locals like Wentz and Johnson while growing up. while skating at State College.
“We want it to be a destination where people can come and find products that they can’t find, you know, anywhere else,” Wentz said.
Kunselman came to help Johnson and Wentz open IQ with his experience running his own skate store in Pittsburgh. The trio saw a lot of beginners and skaters get back into the sport.
“The store has been like a conduit just to bring the skaters back and a place for them to come and meet,” Johnson said.
Unlike Wentz, Jake Johnson is not a Penn State graduate. Johnson has found success in a professional skateboarding career that began in 2007 and took him from his home to State College as he worked and traveled with sponsors for the past 14 years.
Johnson is hopeful the store can help enthusiastic new skaters get started. He also hopes to use his influence to be the voice of the skaters already in attendance. Johnson worked with the Borough on plans for a new skate park, which are still under development.
Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, October 1, Johnson and Wentz will be at 3 Dots Downtown to present the new skate park concept with the use of virtual reality headsets. The public is invited to come and contribute to the design.