Struthers shop caters to skateboarders

Struthers shop caters to skateboarders


Ashraf Salman can recall playing outside every day as a kid.

That’s why the now 26-year-old was so surprised when, one day, it dawned on him that he’d rarely — if ever — seen the children who live in his own neighborhood doing the same.

“Nowadays, it seems like a lot of kids are inside on computers, on their laptops, on their PlayStations,” said Salman, who lives in Youngstown.

One exception, though, was in Struthers, where Salman noticed a significant number of skateboarders along with the untapped opportunity to cater to the city’s skateboarding community.

This realization came at the end of February. By early June, Salman, who graduated from Youngstown State University in 2008 with a degree in business management, had opened Hesher’s Skate Shop at 970 Fifth St., and had hired a handful of avid skateboarders as its employees.

A little more than a month later, Hesher’s Skate Shop is doing well, and “a good amount of people are coming in,” Salman said.

Read the full story in Monday’s Vindicator.

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