16. Kansas: White Chocolate
I got a tip from photographer Sam McGuire that White Chocolate is the best shop in Kansas.
Twice a year, White Chocolate throws a skate contest in Lawrence and hosts other events in conjunction with the Lawrence Art Center. They are active in advocating and raising money for the Hays Skatepark expansion.
In an effort to grow local skateboarding, White Chocolate carries a wide variety of small brands from Kansas and the Midwest, and when local skaters have a video to premiere, White Chocolate plays host, offering up their space for a screening and their front sidewalk for grilling hotdogs.