A young entrepreneur has opened a new business in downtown Vincennes inspired by the untimely death of his mother.
Thomas Tucker, 25, of Vincennes is the owner of Homebase Skate Supply, a skateboard and accessories shop that opened earlier this year at 24 N. Fourth St. His mother, Debra Martinez, died of lung cancer last December. She encouraged him to follow his dreams.
“She was awesome,” Tucker said.
“Anytime I wanted or needed anything she always found a way to make it work. She is the reason I do this. She’s my inspiration.”
Tucker has 15 years experience in skateboarding, and wants advocates to know that the local skateboard shop is actually owned by a skateboarder.
“I know pretty much all there is to know about skateboarding,” he said.
“I’ll make sure you are taken care of and that you get what you are looking for.”
Tucker said skateboarding is now “as big or bigger” than baseball and that it is a multi-million dollar industry. There are more skateboarders worldwide than people in any other sport. His shop caters to those enthusiasts. It is the only store of its kind in Vincennes. The only others in the area or either Evansville or Bloomington, he said.
“We have the highest quality of professional made skateboards and accessories,” he said.
“Skateboarders want that. It has to be very precise and the quality of wood and the quality of trucks — the mechanism that holds the wheels onto
the board — are perfectly formulated. The majority of our brands are made in America.”
The best kind of skateboard is made of solid Canadian maple and they are made in the USA, he said. There are boards made of other materials such as carbon fiber and Kevlar, but Tucker said the best — like the Louisville Slugger — are made in America.
“They are more expensive to make,” he said. “Skateboards don’t last forever. That’s why skateboard shops exist.”
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