Fundraising event for Undercover Skate Shop will take place June 7
By Anna-Marie Menhenott
FORT PIERCE -- When Aaron Jewett, owner of Undercover Skate Shop, discovered the store had been burglarized of most of its merchandise, he wasn't sure what he was going to do. But, after other businesses in the community came together for a benefit in his honor, he knew that there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
"We lost everything," Mr. Jewett said. "From complete skateboards to blank skateboard decks, all of the clothes, cash register, lap top, and even the coin machine from the vending machine... everything was taken. They pretty much wiped me out. Because we don't have a certain type of alarm system, insurance won't cover my losses. We really are having to build from the bottom."
After thinking that he may have to close the doors on the popular skate shop, Sailfish Brewery suggested an all-day fundraising event for the shop.
"I thought it was a great idea," said Mr. Jewett. "They're going to have a DJ, eight bands will play live music all day, games like corn hole, raffles and plenty of ways to help out."
The brewery is located around the corner from the skate shop in the Edgartown area of downtown Fort Pierce. The fundraising event, held at the brewery, will take place June 7.
"It's a really cool spot," Mr. Jewett said. "There's an inside place to relax and outdoor areas to enjoy the weather."
Mr. Jewett is trying to put a positive spin on the hardship he's facing.
"I just decided that everything happens for a reason," he said. "This gives me a chance to bring in all new items and gives me a clean slate with inventory. I can't worry about what has happened, I just have to face it and move forward. We have changed the alarm system and have lights on at night... we won't let this happen again. So, lesson learned."
Undercover Skate Shop is also having a hip-hop half-pipe show on June 21 that he hopes will bring in some money for new merchandise.
"It should be a really cool show," he said. "There will be some hip-hop talent coming in from Miami performing on the half-pipe that's located in our store. It should be a fun time."
Another exciting event coming to Undercover is their summer camp. Starting June 9 and running for six weeks, the camp offers skateboard lessons, filming and editing of skateboard tricks, movies, basketball and a lot of entertainment.
"This is our first year having a summer camp," Mr. Jewett said. "The cost is $90 a week, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and will keep kids from ages 6-14 occupied during the day. We'll even have early drop off and late pick up for $30 extra. There's going to be lots of stuff for the kids to do. We're really excited about it."
Undercover Skate Shop is located at 208 Avenue A. Sailfish Brewery is located at 407 N. 2nd Street.
For more information about the summer camp, the June 21 show, or the fundraiser at Sailfish Brewery, call (772) 489-6558, visit www.skateundercover.com or visit their Facebook page.