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Longtime snowboard and skateboard shop to close

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Longtime snowboard and skateboard shop to close

By Tammy Scardino. CREATED Aug 20, 2014

A local business that snowboarders and skateboarders, alike, have frequented for nearly 30 years is calling it quits.

Newt and Harolds announced they are closing up shop, but the owners are encouraging Boiseans to shop local.

With only $500 each, owners Lori Wright and Lori Ambur opened a small sports shop off Broadway Avenue in 1985.

Wright explained, “A long time ago, we just decided we wanted to do something. We actually started out as a new and used sporting goods store, added snowboards in the 90’s and basically evolved from there.”

After becoming the one-stop shop for skateboards, snowboards and clothing for nearly 30 years that grew with Boise, the owners decided that a changing industry and an Internet dominated marketplace was making operations more difficult. Plus, the lack of snow in recent years effected winter sales.

The owners decided that the ending of the business was important to help push their lives in different directions.

Lori Wright will continue to be active in supporting the Rhodes Skatepark Project, which is looking to renovate and redesign the skate park built underneath the connector.

Boise Parks and Recreation, alongside Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, are hoping to raise enough money to beautify the area and to create a more modern design for skateboarders.

For more information on the Rhodes project visit www.boiseskateboardassociation.com.

Lori Wright was also a founding member of Think Boise First, which encourages local to buy local products and keep money within the community.

For more information visit www.thinkboisefirst.org.

The store will close in 30-45 days but will be conducting sales starting Friday, Aug. 22.

The owners plan on having a final good-bye party. Details will likely be posted on their Facebook page.