Skatepark celebration Saturday, new skate shop opens in Manchester

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MANCHESTER — A new skateboard shop is opening in Manchester this weekend to feed the needs of skaters new and old.

Arson, a skate shop offering boards, apparel and lifestyle gear will open at 345 Center Hill Rd. in Manchester.

A grand opening will be held over the Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the celebration of the new Manchester skate park, which will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

Arson's grand opening festivities will include sales, contests, music and free food, with the grill going from about noon to 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday.

Bill Strecker, a Vermont native and skateboarder for more than 30 years, is behind the new shop. Strecker has served on the Manchester Skatepark Committee for seven years.

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His partner is a college roommate and lifelong skate Brian Brueck.

Arson's website says the shop hopes to become a home for skaters in the area.

"We hope to become a hub for culture aware individuals, young skateboarders, and people who genuinely enjoy the lifestyle."

Arson will be open 10 to 7 p.m. six days a week, closed on Wednesdays.

Find them on the web at www.arsonshop.com and follow them on Instagram at arson_shop.


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