40. South Carolina: Blue Tile Lounge
Competing against surf shops and mall shops for well over a decade, Blue Tile has kept it core and held its own. When Columbia needed a public skatepark, Blue Tile was there, raising funds and awareness through demos and random events, and to this day Blue Tile Lounge owner David Toole regularly visits city council meetings to lobby for improvements and upgrades.
The shop also regularly doubles as an event space for bands, artists, and video premieres, even if the featured skaters don’t ride for the shop. Finally, every Wednesday Blue Tile hosts a skate video night, showing new and old videos and getting the skate community together.