Cherryvale Skateboard Company

Cherryvale Skateboard Company, founded by Valerie Phillips and Jason Gormley in Cherryvale, Kansas, April 12, 2006, is dedicated to the preservation of youthful idealism, naïve enthusiasms and unrealistic expectations.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


This here is Wayne Hallowell. The man who runs the Leatherock Hotel. He's the reason anybody in Cherryvale got to know about the show. He put up flyers round town, alerted the papers and got us mentioned on the radio. All of which got us a great turnout. He's a top host, full of stories and always ready to help out. He made us really feel welcome. Pleasure knowing you Wayne.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007


The man in the hat is Don. We met him at the show. He owns the coolest car, a 1980 El Camino. He took us for a spin. Valerie wished it was hers. Don builds luxury boats for millionaires and is also a railway enthusiast, one of a whole bunch who meet up at the Cherryvale Railway Depot where they've built a scale model of the town. They've even included a replica Leatherock Hotel. Check it out.


We reckon we had round a hundred people come by over the weekend, here are just a few of them.

This guy was totally into skateboarding and waiting for us to open on that first Saturday morning. He ruled.


When we unwrapped the boards it was amazing. It was the first time we'd seen them all together.


Jim pretty much single-handedly hung the show while the rest of us stood around and offered advice, thankfully he ignored most of it.


Thursday, February 15, 2007


That's right. Saturday AND Sunday.

Actually, we really oughta say a big hip-hip-hurrah for the journalistic folk who made time to come to the show and then dedicate some column inches to it so that others might follow. Greg Lower of the Independence Reporter, Kassie Johnson at the Coffeyville Journal and Jamie Willey at the Parsons Sun, we thank you. And thanks to the good people of Good News and the radio stations who also put the word out in Kansas. We had people come from all over, some who'd driven more than two hours.

Thursday, February 08, 2007


Hans lives in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. All that space gives him lots of room to think. And he needs lots of room because his ideas are big.


Ariel Pink is the most amazing musician we’ve heard (and seen). Ever. We’re not going to attempt to describe his music. You need to listen to it. A good few times. Then you’ll see what we’re talking about.


Kling is an advertising genius. He invented Miller’s ‘High Life’ campaign, and for that he richly deserves his place in adland’s Hall of Legends. But advertising genius is perhaps a limiting description for a man, who when you meet him, seems as if he just might be one of those good old fashioned geniuses. Like Einstein. Only with all that wavy white hair and ‘tache on the inside.


Selena and Toby write ads and graffiti and short films. They live in Melbourne, Australia and are two of the reasons why that city is the most interesting and creative place in the country.


Monika wants to be an astronaut. Valerie likes to take pictures of her wanting to be an astronaut. Valerie did her first book with Monika in 2001 and another, 4 years later. Monika likes to do complicated mathematical equations for amusement. We hope she makes it to the moon.


Ben is an Aussie living in L.A. He surfs, he directs, he writes screenplays. As you do in L.A. He's also the only artist so far who's told us he's actually skated with his Cherryvale deck. Apparently it goes great.

Friday, February 02, 2007


More to follow...

Thursday, February 01, 2007


When Ace Frehley penned those immortal words, likely he had just returned to his big apple pad from somewhere far far away and no doubt was enjoying one or two fine frosty Brooklyn lagers, much like ourselves. Yep, we're celebrating our safe delivery courtesy of Gentleman Jim Fenwick who caned five states today to get us back to the big smoke (tick em off - Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York). Smokey was handing out tickets right left and center but Jim who'd watched Talledega Nights before the flight over, had a sound road plan. We'll put up some shots of the show and so on as soon as our heads stop spinning.