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Skateboard gear shop keeps the momentum rolling

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Bob Culbertson is co-owner of Calavera Board Supply at the Prescott Gateway Mall.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier<br> Bob Culbertson is co-owner of Calavera Board Supply at the Prescott Gateway Mall.

Q & A with Bob Culbertson, co-owner of Calavera Board Supply in the Prescott Gateway Mall at 3250 Prescott Gateway Blvd. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call 776-0084 or visit www.facebook.com/calaveraboardsupply.

Q: What service do you provide in the community?

A: "We are a bricks-and-mortar retailer of skateboards, related clothing and accessories."

Q: How did you get into this business?

A: "Seeing a market void in the Prescott area, and acting upon establishing a retail store to service a growing market with the November 2005 opening of the Mike Fann Skate Park. That was after 20 years in product development for brands in the surf, snow and skate industry."

Q: What's the key to your business longevity?

A: "Working every day and listening to the customer to adapt to changing product tastes and wants in a tough and demanding economy."

Q: What's the best business advice you've given and received?

A: "Buy a third of the product you like, buy a third that the customer asks for, and buy a third the industry brands predict the customer will want. That was given to me and I pass it on."

Q: What's something unique about you?

A: "I have owned a classic 1964 356C Porsche for the past 24 years."

Q: What's something unique about your store?

A: "We are one of a handful of shops in the country that has had Go Skateboarding Day - June 21st - proclaimed as a day by their city."

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