New skateboard & apparel shop rolls into Silver Lake

Photo courtesy Christopher Clough

Photo courtesy Christopher Chough

Storefront ReportSILVER 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.



  1. Very cool!

  2. Juan Jimenez Frankelhead

    Awesome. Hope they are a success.

    Next step in creating a skate community: lobby for a skatepark in Silver Lake! (or Echo Park, or Glassell Park, or Montecitio Heights, or Atwater.. Griffith Park). East Side is sadly lacking in skateparks. Oceanside has 4 skateparks

  3. there was already a Skate Board community in EP, but the cops kept messing with us because we caused to much damage. Christian Hoisi use to live in EP and had a huge half pipe in his yard.

  4. Juan Jimenez Frankelhead

    With all due respect, the park at Marsh is pretty weak. it’s tiny, poorly constructed, noisy for the neighbors, and probably not the safest place for kids.

    Silver Lake could use a real park. And Echo Park. Aside from street skating, where do kids in Silver Lake even skate? Their parents drive them to Glendale?

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