8. Delaware: Kinetic
You may recognize Brannon John’s name from his time riding for Traffic, but Delaware skaters know him as the boss and co-founder of Kinetic Skateshop, in Wilmington. In addition to being the go-to shop for Delaware skaters and touring pro teams, they are steady advocating for skateboarding in the state. John sits on the board of directors on the Wilmington Skate Project, an organization working to build public skateparks in the city, and Kinetic continues to be a driving force behind the 7th Street DIY spot. Habitat Pro/late Nocturnal skate shop owner Kerry Getz called Kinetic “one of the best shops on the East Coast” in a 2012 ESPN interview.