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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