We had the good fortune of connecting with Dave White and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dave, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
As a child i rollerskated and the rollerskate is the mother of the skateboard. I worked in the skateroom when i was a little older and learned all about fixing the skates. Repairing wheels, mounting plates grinding wheels replacing bearings, and had a knack for mechanical repairs. I entered competition skating as a young adult and won my local region skating Freestyle and placed 5th in the USA in 1970. Got married in 1970 and started working full time for the city in the same year. I placed 8th in the USA in a higher division in 1971 and skated in the highest caliber Senior men in my last 2 years of competition and turned pro in 74. When you turn pro in rollerskating you start teaching others how to skate and i did the group lessons on Saturday Morning for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced, as well as taught private lessons weekdays from 4 to 7pm and was assistant manager 4 nights a week and Saturday and Sunday matinees. My daughter was born in 1975. I went through a divorce in late 1978 around the time Skating started to become popular outdoors with a new high rebound urethane wheel made by kryptonics for outside skating, that came from the superball.. I lost my Job with the city while going through the divorce and quit my job at the roller rink. Since rollerskating was popular and i had a long background in it i decided to try selling skates out my new girlfriends apartment and things were going so well i decide to open a store. In february 1979 i officially opened my 1st business called hot Skates and i was selling skates while i was getting the store ready to open. My 1st year was amazing i was selling skates as fast as i could get them.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I have to say, I feel blessed. I started with very little money, maybe $7,000.00 dollars. I put most of the money back into the business to grow the stock to have what was asked for by customers. I believe in taking care of the customer. I am working for them. I want to get them what they need and at a price I’d be willing to pay. I am here to support my customers. They are who I am working for. I am in service to them. I have made it to 43 years so far. I don’t see an end to skateboarding or rollerskating like it did in the past. Skateboarding would have been in the Olympics in 2020 but the Pandemic canceled the summer Olympics.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, I love Indian food and I like India Sweets and Spices in Glendale. Great family business and great food and Indian groceries. I also like Thai food and I like TOI on Sunset the best. I like going to the Movies and I like AMC in Burbank or Universal Studios. There are some great tours in Los Angeles that have great history and really good tour guides. I would really like to hear what they would like to do and see and make that possible as well. I recently had a fun experience that may become a new experience? Stranger days has an interactive drive-through experience for fans of the show that my daughter and son-in-law took me for my Birthday in November. It all took place in the car so no problem with covid -19. It was a fun and exciting time. Hopefully, there will be more drive-through shows like it in the future.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Thank you to Joe Rose who showed me how to work on rollerskates, Day, who I lived with when I started this business, Sure-Grip skate company and Riedell boots, who helped me with getting the needed rollerskates to get Started, Mike Nystrom who helped me in the very beginning as one of the 1st helpers at the skate shop and still a big supporter to this day, My mother Stephanie who loved me and saved me financially when i overbought rollerskates and business took a turn in 1981. All the customers and Pro & Am skaters who have showed us love all these Years. Powell Peralta corp. who was our 1st supplier for skateboards and is still today one our main brands. Thanks to all our Customers that have helped us through these last 43 years. It would not have been possible without the support of all the individuals who skate in Los Angeles. Lastly to the Amatuer skaters we sponsored in the mid 80’s, Rudy Johnson, Gabriel Rodriguez (RIP) & Paulo Diaz, who skated for Renee’s skate shop and later were recognized as an LA crew by Powell Peralta Corp.
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