Originally Published: September 11, 2012 9:45 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Bud Garso chose an apt name for a skateboard shop that he opened June 21.It is easy to drive past the corner of Sheldon Street and Washington Avenue where Bud's Hidden Shop is nestled in a nondescript brown building at 705 E. Sheldon.Garso, 24, said a former location on Miller Valley Road, where he operated a workshop, inspired the name of his business.The word "hidden" takes on other meanings as well for Garso."I kind of want to start it like an underground thing," Garso said, referring to his shop. "Skateboarding is a hidden culture. The knowledge skateboarders have is kind of hidden away from the general population."On a lighter note, Garso said, "It's called 'hidden shop' because when you find it you feel accomplished. It just makes it fun."Bud's Hidden Shop carries Garso's OuRoot brand of skateboards, sunglasses, T-shirts, CDs, snacks, and also sells jewelry and purses on consignment. Garso also displays paintings and sculptures that his mother, Joy, created.The shop draws a customer base ranging in age from 7 to 40s for skateboarding, Garso said, with snacks and drinks appealing to youths who flock to the skateboard park nearby at Ken Lindley Field. The artwork attracts adults.Garso, a skateboarder for 11 years who physically resembles a beat poet with his flowing black beard and a cap, said he is trying to bridge the two cultures of skateboarders and artists. An aspiring poet, he said he is passionate about both skateboarding and art."Skateboarding is an art in the sense it is expression," Garso said. "You can think of different tricks, and you see all architecture in a way no one else can see it."He said he plans to host the global "100,000 Poets for Change" from Sept. 29. The event begins at 11 a.m. with visitors collaborating on writing poems, and a poetry reading will take place from 7 to 10 p.m.His goal is to improve the shop and expand his OuRoot brand."I'd like to have hats and all sorts of clothing accessories," Garso said.Garso, a 17-year resident of Prescott, said he is trying to promote an authentic skateboard culture here as well."I want to give the kids a good experience," he said. "I think it is a great thing to do with your time."Bud's Hidden Shop is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information, log onto to http://sowhatisskateboarding.com, or call 710-0764.Have you opened a new business that is not a home occupation? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.