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Brothers bring skateboards and vintage cars together with business

Brothers bring skateboards and vintage cars together with business

Neighborhood Autos and Denton Skate Supply are located on 301 N. Locust St. in Denton. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Brothers bring skateboards and vintage cars together with business
December 06
16:44 2015

Kyle Martin | Staff Writer

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Skaters, car lovers and anyone passing by can see the shop a block away from the downtown Square. Local skate shop Denton Skate Supply and registered car dealership Station Motors occupy a single building on the corner of Oak and McKinney streets.

Outside the building, among used cars on display for sale, are the remnants of what used to be a gas pump, a historic “Gulf” gas station sign and the iconic Denton Skate 1963 Chevy C10 panel truck.

Attached is a modest, grungy little garage where shopkeepers fix up old, classic cars to be sold outside in the parking lot. Inside, customers are greeted by a wall lined floor-to-ceiling with skateboard decks of some of the best brands around, including Element, Girl, Stereo, Flip and the classic Denton Skate shop deck. A bench built from busted-up old skateboard decks and a small yet knowledgeable staff accompany the memorabilia.

“I don’t know man, I guess it just sort of worked out, [be it] destiny or whatever it was,” employee and longboarder Derek Vitiello, 23, said.

Denton Skate Supply employee Derek Vitiello sits behind the counter. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Denton Skate Supply employee Derek Vitiello sits behind the counter. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Vitiello, one of a four-employee crew that makes up the shop’s staff, has been working at the shop ever since its conception two years ago. The shop used to be located at the corner of Bryan and Congress streets but has since moved to be closer to the action of the downtown Square.

But the new location is nowhere near what it once was. The previous owner’s wife bought the building and gave it to Vitiello for use as a “man cave.” The shop’s walls used to be covered with TV screens, and tables, chairs and a projector screen occupied the garage—all of the basics any suburban safe-haven could need.

After moving out of Denton, the owner wanted to rent out the space and leave behind something different. Restaurants and bars reached out, wanting to take over the place, but because there were already plenty of those around, he wouldn’t have it.

“Whenever we approached him with the idea of putting a skate shop in here and doing classic cars out of the garage—used cars and stuff like that—he was really stoked on it,” Vitiello said.

Brothers and current co-owners of the shop Josh and Crit Kiley swooped in and won the fight for the joint in March of 2015. They were inspired by a simple idea.

“It’s really just two things we’re really into, and they help each other,” Josh said.

Owners Crit Kiley, left, and Josh Kiley work to remove a stuck brake drum. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Owners Crit Kiley, left, and Josh Kiley work to remove a stuck brake drum. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

Crit said they have sold cars to skateboarders’ parents who happen upon the store.

“Their kids are skateboarders so [they’ll come in] and end up buying a car and vice versa,” Crit said. “We’ve had people buying cars that come in and buy skateboards. I don’t know, it’s really just our style.”

Although working both the shop and the garage can be demanding and tedious, the brothers and employees find their passion in cars and skating. Having been skating since they were little, the Kileys have converted their childhood hobby into a business lifestyle.

“The building works well for us,” Josh said. “We wouldn’t use this space for anything else other than a skate shop. And having that garage space–being able to have lifts in there and our tools, having a zone where we can do both—it’s just kind of unique. It’s different, but that’s just how we are.”

The shop and its employees want to build the community, using their passion as a platform to advocate for a new skate park in central Denton. There are a few popular parks in Lewisville and Roanoke, along with the existing Denton park on the far northeast side of town. But skate spots are limited in the interior of the city.

“We like it here,” Josh said. “People are conscious to support local [businesses].”

Featured Image: Neighborhood Autos and Denton Skate Supply are located at 301 N. Locust St. in Denton. Ryan Vance | Senior Staff Photographer

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