Window Shopping: Black Sheep Board & Skate

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The eagle has landed.

Black Sheep Board & Skate shop has been circling the Campus and Short North areas, hovering between different locations, for the last 15 years. Now, it's settled near High and Euclid streets, and the staff thinks they've found their resting place.

"We wanted to be on street level, and we were just waiting for the right space," owner Jon Goslee said.

Goslee originally brainstormed the idea for the store, which specializes in skateboarding and snowboarding, when he was required to create a fictional business plan for an Ohio State business class. Instead of turning the project in and forgetting about it, he opened the first Black Sheep store in the Short North.

The new South Campus location opened four months ago across the street from Fat Lip tattooing parlor and Outcast Ltd., a rock 'n' roll-biker lifestyle store, and in a section of High Street they're hoping to give a lift.

"It's changed in the four months we've been here," added manager James Kee. "We started sitting out front, patrolling the area, and now we've got crowds of people that aren't afraid to walk from the Short North to Campus."

A second location, on East Main Street in Reynoldsburg, has been open eight years, Goslee said.

And coming this winter, Black Sheep will open snowboarding and mountain biking trails and a pole barn for skateboarding at Mad River Mountain. The free trails, open seasonally, will be joined by a Black Sheep retail store and a group of cabins for overnight stays.

Inside the new Campus store, relevant logos, stickers and posters cover the walls. Apparel - tees, hoodies and heavy jackets - from brands like Volcom line the left-hand wall. The back left corner is full of snowboards and all the related hardware, clothing and accessories you need for the sport.

Skateboarding and lifestyle sneakers are in the back right corner. Two walls are lined with favorites from Vans, DC and a no-leather line, IPATH. To the right, a huge selection of custom skate supplies is a boarder's dream.

All the staffers avidly participate in extreme sports themselves, so they're happy to give advice and answer questions.

"The whole gist of [the skateboards] not already being together is the customer service," Kee said. "The kid feels like they built a custom board themselves, exactly what they wanted."

Black Sheep Board & Skate

1434 N. High St., Campus



Hours: 12-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m. Sunday

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