13. Illinois: Uprise
When asked about the best skate shops in America, Zoo York’s Ben Oleynik immediately put Uprise at the top of the list. “That’s based on the thought and care they put into the product they carry and everything they do for their community,” he says. “They nurture their local scene, carrying local brands and putting on events, educating kids and encouraging them to be conscious of what brands they support and to take pride in building their own community.”
They’ve also done collaboration products with heavyweight brands Nike SB, Zoo York, and DGK.