We opened Saltwater Shed Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Jeff has always shaped and glassed boards for himself and close friends. It started with us looking for a shaping space in South County RI.
We happened upon the space in Charlestown and it had a great front room as well. We realized we'd also be lucky enough to have a show room for his boards and a retail space. Charlestown was a good choice because it didn't have a surf shop, and we love the mix of beachy and rustic the town offers.
Our favorite aspect of being shop owners is connecting with people. Many of the connections we have made started with people stopping in just to check out the space. People who don't surf have come in just to express their support.
One of our top priorities is to connect people in the area and share our passions with them. Whether it be high quality surfboards and hand planes, local art, handmade items, natural body products, coffee, or conversation. What is in the shop is a representation of us and what we believe in.
There's a good mix of people in town. The common ground is that everyone wants to get outside and do whatever activity they love.
A lot of people of surf/bodysurf, fish, boat, or bike. As far as the vibe for surfers and body surfers, we really want to make sure that people feel open to ask questions, get out there, and connect with people. We don't want the assumption to be that if you're not from the town you don't belong.
Some local attractions are East Beach, Ninigret Park, Daves Coffee for small batch RI coffee, and it is a short drive to Yawgoo Valley to ski or snowboard in the winter.
Jeff and I met working for Burton Snowboards. He was my boss for quite a few years. Whenever I don't listen to him at our shop I'll say "Don't you miss when you would ask me to do something and I would listen?" It isn't always easy.
It takes communication and give and take. Days when we can spend time together as a family and work at the same time make it worthwhile. We are proud to be a family business.
We tend to see the most handboarders on town beach in Narragansett. It's starting to catching on here on the east coast!
Our first impression of the handboards were how light and dynamic they were. They look so cool! We couldn't wait to send them home with someone who's ready to have fun and take their body surfing to the next level.
We were also pretty psyched to brag about our friends that own Slyde Handboards