Plenty of companies are making handmade skateboards (see here, here, and here). What separates the Salemtown Board Co. The Lookout is that the company's profits are invested into the lives of at-risk youth in Nashville, Tennessee.
Will Anderson, a Florida native, grew up as a skate rat. After grad school and a move to Nashville in 2011, he began searching for a place to pair his passion for skating with a passion for youth. He found his opportunity in the impoverished neighborhood of Salemtown, which sits a mile north of the city’s center. Anderson’s skate company, named after the neighborhood it serves, now employs three young men from the community, all of whom were at risk for violence and prison.
The Lookout is made from hand-painted reclaimed oak, rolling smooth on 78-durometer urethane wheeks and fast on ABEC-7 bearings. It’s the perfect cruiser for that former shredder in your life that still flips through Thrasher during his lunch break. And the knowledge that your purchase is helping change a young man's life? That’s money well spent.