Skate­board themed cafe opens in Scar­bor­ough

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IT has been a whirl­wind six months for Oska Tal­lis af­ter throw­ing open the doors to his Scar­bor­ough cafe and gallery.

The Scar­bor­ough lo­cal and Livid Skate­boards owner has com­bined his pas­sions for skate­board­ing, art, pho­tog­ra­phy and great cof­fee to cre­ate Livid Skate Cafe.

Tucked away in the Luna Maxi Mart shop­ping cen­tre, the cafe was built in just 11 weeks mostly by Mr Tal­lis and his friends.

He said the idea for a per­ma­nent venue came af­ter host­ing a se­ries of pop-up events and “a few things aligned”.

“I wanted to cap­ture some of these vibes we’re cre­at­ing. It’s some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent on the beach,” he said.

De­spite the ob­vi­ous ap­peal for skaters, Mr Tal­lis said the cafe would cater for many peo­ple.

“Ev­ery­one likes a great cof­fee,” he said.

“Around here there has not been any great cof­fee on the beach for a while.”

It serves bagels, toasties and other sim­ple menu items, of­fers pho­to­graphic and art dis­plays, and sells hand­made skate­boards. Mr Tal­lis has a pas­sion for sup­port­ing artists and other cre­atives and has de­signed a flex­i­ble space he hopes will host ex­hi­bi­tions and pri­vate events.

Cus­tomers have started trick­ling through the doors and the re­sponse has been pos­i­tive.

“I’m re­ally stoked. It’s re­ally re­ward­ing,” he said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Mitchell Conti, Jaza­mine Uyen with owner Oska Tal­lis at the Livid Skate Cafe.

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