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Westminster Skateboard Shop Opens its Doors

Kliq Board Shop, started by a pair of Carroll County natives, is now open for business.

A new Main Street skateboarding and snowboarding shop is opening for business for the first time today.

According to a press release announcing the opening, Kliq Board Shop, 85 West Main St., is the brainchild of friends Nick Collins and Todd Collins (unrelated). The co-owners, both 33-years-old, are natives of Carroll County.

“They have skated and snowboarded together throughout life, even before skateboard parks were built locally,” the release states.

Both Nick and Todd Collins have business backgrounds. Nick Collins owned Stereotype Boardshop in downtown Westminster until he sold it in 2007, while Todd Collins currently owns a Glen Burnie-based used car dealership.

Their new store has already amassed a fan base of more than 300 Facebook likes, with skaters already expressing their enthusiasm.  

Of the new shop, Nick Collins stated, “We are dedicated to carrying the core brands and representing our community in the way a local board shop should.”

Todd Collins shared similar sentiments.

“We are a tight knit group who strives on the belief that working together leads to progression and success,” Todd Collins said in the press release. “We plan on being a mainstay in the industry and local community for years to come.”

According to the release, both owners plan on being active within the local skateboarding community, including in the maintenance of local skate parks.

Kliq Board Shop, 85 West Main St. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (443) 293-7756. www.kliqboardshop.com

RJ Teich January 28, 2012 at 06:27 PM
How do I feel? How about printing this PLEASE! We don't need this shop in Westminster! It only encourages brats to skateboard with no regard to peoples property. I have called the police, my home owners association and NO ONE wants to HELP ME! Why do I have to be inconvenienced by a brat punk skateboarder whose skateboard rolls heading smack towards my car? Skateboards DO NOT belong in Westminster, and the same goes for this shop! Close it down and move it to another city PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nikki January 28, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Wow!!!! What an uneducated thing to say about a community shop that opens up to give our future leaders of America a place to go to enjoy themselves. Maybe if people like you were more willing to open themselves up to these kids they would better be able to relate and communicate with adults. Instead they are instantly and constantly judged by "adults" who have no faith in them. These kids are expressing themselves with a sport and you call them "brat punk skateboarders". Just a thought - maybe no one wants to help YOU because your morals, comments and views are way out of line! Take a closer look at yourself RJ Teich, maybe just maybe YOU'RE the problem with Westminster!!!!!
Mark January 28, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Wow. Way to support two guys that are taking a huge risk by opening a business. They could have opened a shop anywhere and benn successful but they chose to support their local community instead. They are bringing money to where you live, instead of criticism, how about a thank you?
Christy January 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Rj, you obviously dont have children of your own. If you did you would understand the importance if young people being involved in positive extracurricular activities in and around the community. The owners of this shop were once called "brat punk skateboarders" and both are now successful family men and business owners. Seems to me that they turned out just fine and maybe its you who is the punk.want
Brooke January 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM
"RJ Teich 12:13 am on Thursday, November 24, 2011 I am EXTREMELY thankful to live in such a wonderful FRIENDLY small town (Westminster) with American people who are friendly and kind. The quaintness and quietness is just a nice welcome change from the hustle and bustle of non American towns...." RJ, I am sorry the skateboarders upset the quietness of what you love about Westminster, but I'd prefer the sound of a skateboard over what other cities have to offer. You say you're extremely thankful to live in a friendly town... how about you return the favor and not call our kids punks and brats. They aren't, they're no different than any other athlete and no one wants to help you because they know a healthy physical activity is better then none. Let's bring back that America kindness you are so thankful for.
Tha Kliq January 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM
We aprreciate the support by the Town of Westminster and its residence. We obviously can't make everyone happy, although we strive to. I am sorry that you have had such bad luck with the skateboarders in ,and around Westminster. All we are trying to do is give the youth of this town ,and surrounding areas some place safe to hang out in ,and to purchase goods at a fair price. Support your local business.. I think once you see what KLIQ BOARDSHOP does for the community your opinion will change about us. We look forward to serving you ,and the community in a respectful manner- Tha Kliq
Ed January 29, 2012 at 06:49 PM
You need to swtich to decafe.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) February 03, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Thanks for your comments. I'm thinking I will have to stop in at Tha Kliq this weekend and check it out. My fear is that I will become one of those too-old-to-be-skating punk moms who get all rowdy in their helmets and elbow/knee pads. Skater moms are such a nuisance :)
Lukynowa May 15, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Thank you RJ Teich for having the guts to say how you feel. I totally agree with you! We don't need this shop in downtown Westminster! Yes, it only encourages kids that already have no respect for other people's property. I live very close to this new establishment. The noise alone of the skateboards drives me crazy, not to mention the loud music, profanity, slamming of vehicle doors, racing engines, squeeling wheels down the alley,and smell of marijuana coming out of this place. You call the police, noone is willing to put a stop to this nuisance of a business! If Mr. Collins would check the laws in the City of Westminster, they prohibit skateboards on sideswalk, streets, alleys and private property. The parking lot between the skateboard shop and the Art's Center is PRiVATE property! Call the Westminster City Police Dept. I do not understand why after being a resident on Main street for nearly 20 years, I have to be inconvenienced by the noise, loud music, profanity, and marjuana smell from the skateboard shop? I agree...Skateboards DO NOT belong on Main Street. That's why the City of Westminster built them a skateboard park! You don't know where it is, you say, I will be glad to tell you! It between from the Westminster City Police Station and City Hall. Mr. Collins, you need to move your shop closer to the Skateboard park and stop aggrivating the residental community on Main Street. Some of us have no choice and can not afford to move.
Dip Tonkin May 16, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Lol this shop sucks anyway! I agree with lukynowa dow. With todd he doesn't even skate!
Ed Duff May 16, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The skatepark that the city has spent the money to provide for the skateboarders is currently falling appart. Unfortunatly, The brains behind the construction of the westminster skatepark chose to use regular lumber instead of treated lumber so now the entire establishment is rotting from the inside. There are currently holes in the ramps and cones that the city has placed over top of them to prevent kids from being injured. The vandilism is not from kids destroying the property, but instead from the poor craftmanship by the city. See, the local skateboarders would love to stay at the skate park, but the only thing there that is remotly safe to skate is the box that the local skaters build them selves. If the city would have the skatepark repaired then the local skaters would be able to fully take advantage of a tourist attraction that cost the city so much money that is currently going to waist. The thing that people fail to understand is that skateboarders tend to push away authority and rules for doing what they love. See, police will take time out of their otherwise buisy schedule to discipline the local skateboarders and make sure they follow the letter of the law when there are infact drug dealers that walk up and down Pennsylvania Ave (Only feet from Kliq Skateshop) and the police drive by like its just another day in westminster.
Ed Duff May 16, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Continued....What the citizens of Westminster fail to understand is that instead of skaters dealing drugs, vandalizing the town, and finding them selves in jail, they are spending their time exercising their creativity and breaking a sweat doing something they are so incredibly passionate about. The real noise problem on mainstreet is not the one tiney little skateshop on mainstreet. Its the entire stretch of Pennsylvania Ave that is cluttered with sketchy drug dealers, addicts, and alocholics (Not to mention the bar directly across from Kliq.) So when you are looking for someone to blame, please do not use the local businesses/skateboarders of Westminster, we are only a small fraction of problems this town is facing.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) May 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I don't skate, yet :) ... so I'm just curious, how many people use (would use if it were in good shape) the skate park? Are we talking dozens? Hundreds? Do people come from other parts of the county or is it more very local folks who can get there on foot (board)?
Ed Duff May 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
People as far as west virginia and ney Jersey have come to our skatepark. Skate shops all over Maryland will stop at our park along with a few others like Laurel Skatepark. On the weekends there are as many as 60-70 people here. Week days it averages at about 20.
Tiny timm May 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Dip Tonkin could agree more been skating the park for 6 years I've never seen the greasy ball Todd up there skate run shop is a bunch of bs I'm glad another skater is on here concerned about a money hungry clown
Dip Tonkin May 18, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Wel I'm glad to see dj took his comment back after seeing Todd skate...
Jordan Ridgely May 18, 2012 at 12:48 PM
L-O-L
Buck Harmon May 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Yea,...I remember the day that I banged one of those strap on roller skates flat and nailed it to an old board...thought it was hot then....Good luck guys!
Buck Harmon May 18, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I think you need to get your nose fixed...
Buck Harmon May 18, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Tens of thousands of brat punk kids would put down their gaming devices and flockNroll the the park...and the world would be a little better of course..

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