SILVER LAKE — There’s no shortage of skateboarders roaming the streets and sidewalks of Silver Lake. But those skaters don’t have many neighborhood options when it comes to buying a new skateboard deck or accessories, said Christopher Chough. That’s why Chough decided to open The Banks, a skateboard and apparel store on Sunset Boulevard.
“Being a Silver Lake homeowner and resident, and living three blocks away, I wanted to keep the shop in the neighborhood,” Chough said. “I also wanted to be a part of the wave of new retail shops popping up here.”
The shop, located between Millie’s diner and the new Purgatory Pizza, stock a large selection of skateboard decks, wheels, trucks, and accessories as well as apparel and footwear made by skater owned companies. The Banks also has its own line of U.S.-made skate boards decks and apparel.
“We believe in creating a skating community with a shop team as well as hosting skate clinics with professional skaters for the kids in Silver Lake,” he said.