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The Short Story
 
Five Stride Skate Shop is New York City’s only full service roller skate shop. When we opened our
doors in May 2010, we wanted to build a haven for all skaters to be able to feel, touch, and most 
importantly try on skates. Knowledge and education is one of our core values as the store set out to
build a generation of educated consumers who always had a place to turn for an honest opinion. Five
Stride is owned by roller derby skaters Bonnie Thunders and OMG WTF but the shop is much more than 
just derby. We carry a full selection of products for derby, rink, and recreational skaters. From your most 
basic skate package to a fully customized package assembled in our Brooklyn shop, we’ve got what you 
want and won’t sell you something you don’t need. 
 
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Roller Derby skaters Bonnie Thunders and OMG WTF were constantly frustrated by the inability to 
find the perfect skate for their foot. After spending almost 20 years in ice skates, Bonnie was on boot 
number three but just wasn’t finding the perfect fit. OMG was on her second pair of boots in only one 
year in derby. After stumbling upon tiny 150 square foot retail space for rent down the street from their 
house, Five Stride was born in early 2010. 
 
Bonnie and OMG were the perfect pair to open the shop. Bonnie’s experience was in competitive 
ice figure skating and so she was knowledgeable about boot fit. OMG was a bicycle mechanic who 
previously owned her own bike shop. Combined with Bonnie’s experience in not for profit organizations, 
where you do a lot on a small budget, this combination was flawless.   
 
We quickly grew out of the original Astoria, Queens shop and made the move to Brooklyn at the end of 
2010. The shop joined the ranks of the Graham Avenue Business District and fellow small businesses, 
King Kog, The Richardson, and Beaner Bar, to name a few. As one of the first five brick and mortar 
derby shops in the country, Five Stride set out to be different. We didn’t want to be a roller derby shop- 
we wanted to serve all types of roller skaters. At the bigger location we could focus on building our 
inventory to serve derby, rec, and rink skaters. 
 
On an average day at the shop you might find the likes of local celebrity Gotham Girls, 30-something 
looking to revisit a childhood hobby, visitors from Europe looking to save on shipping costs, and original 
NYC dance skaters getting their plates swapped onto a new boot. Five Stride is more than a shop, it’s a 
culture, it’s a place to learn, and most importantly- it’s a shop you can trust.
 

 

 

 
 
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