15. Iowa: Subsect
Whatever Heath Kirchart is involved in is going to be the best. His skate shop, Subsect, in Des Moines, has been holding it down since 1997, and if a skate event is going down in Iowa, chances are Subsect is behind it. Manager Kevin Jones was instrumental in lobbying for new legislation protecting municipalities from liability from skateboarding, thus clearing the way for more public skateparks. Both Jones and Kirchart sit on the committee of the Des Moines Regional Skatepark.
Subsect also carries brands like Mother, who only sell to the realest of shops.