Monday, December 8

podium -snow|skate|history and now art gallery

Bit of a shameless plug here for Podium, the skate/snowboard store in Manchester VT. Unprompted, truly. We were huge fans of Sound Barrier back in the day, and like that place, it feels great to have an actual brick and mortar store to go visit, check out equipment, chew the cud etc. Sure you can wait for that whiskeymilita email to pop up... but nothing beats walking to a store for an item then immediately stickering up your car. One Up have turned the upstairs into a small gallery and the opening was a few weeks back.

The shop is worth a look-see for the old boards too. Various area riders, plus co-owner Ross Powers have given up boards for display. US Open legend Andy Coghlan has also donated a few boards to this impromptu 'museum'. One has a great inscription; "short boards suck. long boards truck." That needs to be on a sticker.

Double bonus, they are right next door to Candeleros, which have wicked tasty (a bit sweet though, not for everyone) wings. The fermented jalapeno-oil sauce is a must. Trust me on this one, don't splash it in your eyes...