Cof­fin Skate Shop is alive

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Stephanie Cof­fin and James Parker opened Cof­fin Skate Shop sort of qui­etly in Septem­ber, shar­ing a space within Oc­to­pus Skates (5687 West Street) and fill­ing a void in the lo­cal roller derby and roller skat­ing scene. You see, the clos­est skate shop is Mon­treal. Con­sid­er­ing roller derby is the fastest grow­ing sport in the world, Cof­fin says, that makes no sense. “I’ve been in­volved with An­chor City Rollers for six or seven years,” says Cof­fin, who learned the sport, skated com­pet­i­tively and now teaches new skaters with the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “The frus­tra­tion with new skaters is that there’s no where to try on equip­ment and ask ques­tions. A lot of them just kind of went on­line and some­times ended up buy­ing things that weren’t good for roller derby.” She says she heard sim­i­lar com­plaints from folks across the Mar­itimes, and fi­nally de­cided she had to do some­thing. “I knew there was a need but didn’t an­tic­i­pate the re­ac­tion,” says Cof­fin of the buzz that came along with her shop’s ex­pan­sion. Last week, it re-opened at 2456 Agri­cola, which is dou­ble the size of their first home, and in­cludes space for in­door skate train­ing. The shop sells skates, pad­ding and gear, on-site ser­vic­ing and will even­tu­ally of­fer les­sons, work-outs and popup events (like, roller dis­cos!). Cof­fin is open Satur­days and Sun­days, 12-5pm, and will cel­e­brate its grand open­ing Satur­day, May 5.

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