Inside the historic 100-year-old Landyachtz Vancouver Factory Store & the brand’s skate park give-back project
Photos: Allen Malone
In our recent travels to the bustling city of Vancouver, we had a chance to check out some of the cultural landscape that makes the city what it is. Landyachtz, a company that hails from the region, has recently added to that line-up with its Landyachtz Vancouver Factory Store, at 1146 Union Street.
The space—residing in a 100-year-old historical building—opened about a year ago, and boasts a retail showroom, mini ramp, bike repair, and vintage arcade. “The skate shop carries all our Landyachtz, Bear, and Hawgs product, as well as some added gear from Outdoor Tech, Mission Workshop, and Ryders Eyewear,” adds Landyachtz Marketing / Key Account Sales Manager Nate Schumacher.
As a major vein into downtown Vancouver, the Union Street location is perfectly positioned to cater to the city’s rather large bike community, allowing for an easy place to stop in and get tuned up on the daily commute. The crew thought it was fitting to install a pop-up vintage arcade, which has since graduated from pop-up to permanent fixture. Owning a place where people come to have fun is tough, but someone’s gotta do it, right? “We rotate the games and keep a solid selection of approximately 20 machines,” Schumacher explains. “Every month we hold an Arcade party where we serve cheap drinks and good times.”
We want to help by working with the community to create a place for children to gather and challenge themselves in a healthy, positive way, through what we know…skateboarding.
But the crew at Landyachtz is about more than just fun—over the past several months, they’ve raised more than $25,000 of much-needed funds to build a community skatepark in nearby Ahousaht, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island— 45 minutes north by boat from Tofino, BC.
Approximately 900 people call this rural community home, with 40% of that population being under the age of 19, and like many first nations communities, Ahousaht suffers from challenging social issues. “We want to help by working with the community to create a place for children to gather and challenge themselves in a healthy, positive way, through what we know…skateboarding,” reads Landyachtz successful Indiegogo campaign page for the project, which exceeded its goal by more than $5k.
Landyachtz says it plans to break ground on the new park in Spring 2016, and is currently speaking with an experienced B.C.-based skateboard park construction company. Stay tuned for more details as construction unfolds. Check out more photos and info on the project at Landyachtz official blog.