2. Alaska: AK Boardroom
As the only independent board shop in Anchorage, Boardroom holds it down for the local skate community. It is AK who brought Deathwish to town for a demo like Alaska had never seen before, and they hold events all year long. It actually started out as “zAK’s Boardroom” and was selected as the Best New Shop by Transworld Business in 2011, right after the passing of founder John “Zak” Kaercher. When this happened, the scene rallied behind the shop to keep it open, and in 2014 ownership was transferred from Zak’s family to some local riders who are keeping the flame lit for the scene in Alaska.