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Skate shop Tactics opens first Seattle location in Ballard

The snowboard and skate shop from Oregon is celebrating its arrival in Seattle with weekend festivities, an open skate sesh, and more.

A dual-sided metal skate ramp with a pipe across the top is covered in yellow, white, and red graffiti at a skate park in Capitol Hill.

Summit Slope Park in Capitol Hill has a small corner park for skaters that want to brush up on some tricks.

Photo by SEAtoday staff

Skate shop Tactics recently opened in Ballard at 5209 Ballard Ave. NW — its first location in Seattle.

What started as a storefront in Eugene, OR, quickly expanded into a popular online destination for boarding equipment. To celebrate its grand opening, Tactics is hosting three days of festivities with refreshments and prizes Friday, May 10-Sunday, May 12.

What’s on the schedule:

  • Friday, May 10, 5-8 p.m. — Raffle prizes from popular skate brands (ticket proceeds benefit Ballard Food Bank), T-shirt customizing, refreshments, and a pop-up for snowboard binding repairs
  • Saturday, May 11, 12-2 p.m. — Open skate sesh at the skate bowl in Ballard Commons Park with Tactics staff + pro skater Greyson Fletcher
  • Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. — Waffles and coffee for brunch, with Vans Skateboarding gift bags for the first 25 customers (and just a few steps away from Ballard Farmers Market)
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