Another one bites the dust.
Board Paradise — a snowboarding gear and apparel retailer in Carytown — is locked and there is a sign out front possibly warning the store’s owners not to have the locks changed.
It reads, “Do not change these locks or enter the premises without the express written permission of Thalhimer, managing agent.”
The merchandise is still inside but the lights are out. Nobody at Board Paradise or Thalhimer could be reached for comment on Friday.
A similar notice went up at Toad’s Place before that business filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. Toad’s Place had fallen several months behind on its rent.
The Carytown location may not be kind to snow board shops. The previous tenant, Glass & Powder Board Shop closed in the fall of 2008.
David Larter is a BizSense reporter. Please send news tips to [email protected]
What is Board Paradise?
Board Paradise appeared to be a simple liquidator outlet with randomly selected gear from previously discounted vendors. This was a stark contrast from the award winning local board shop Glass & Powder specialty retailer you mentioned. Any suggestion/comparison/inference that ‘location’ played a part in the demise is certainly short-sighted on the author’s part in my opinion. 10+ years, and 1000’s of loyal fans, shoppers, and G&P fans would probably agree, that the owners did more for Carytown, the community, and their loved sports, than anyone else in the area; and are sadly missed – unlike the unknown store that ‘whatever… Read more »
Chris is absolutely right about the location. In my mind, there is NO better location for retail in the city of Richmond. Having owned Glass & Powder Boardshop at that location, I can attest to the steady traffic and great clientele in the city. Our shop closing had nothing to do with the validity of this location, but rather expansion AWAY from this core shopping area led to our demise. Carytown is the heart of Richmond. In economic times like this, its even more incumbent upon each person in Richmond to support one another – and that means other local… Read more »
i am sure the lease for that space is very high. selling or renting boards will properly not pay the rent!
The lease isn’t prohibitive. Again, Carytown is an outstanding value, especially when stacked up against strip centers, corporate models (like Short Pump Town Center), or other shopping districts in VA, like Old Town Alexandria. Naturally, each business model will perform differently, but the lease is actually a good value.
We sold snowboards, wakeboards, skateboards (but more importantly; the culture and lifestyle of those sports) at that location for ten years. A significant milestone for small, locally-owned retail. Customer service and unique offerings are KEY in Carytown.
BTW, Board Paradise is back open after catching up with rent! Go by and see Brad, he’ll take care of you…