It's the end of an era for Toronto-area skateboarders...
Alcatraz Skateshop, which began from humble beginnings in the city of Oshawa, recently shut its doors after a history spanning more than ten years, citing economic troubles caused by the recent financial downturn.
Throughout its history, Alcatraz put out two full-length skate videos, produced TV commercials that played right alongside after-school Simpsons episodes, had a very large and talented team, and helped getting two public skateparks built in the area.
Moreover, skaters like Rob Piontek, Jordan Bandula, Glencoe Hogle, Clement Lush, myself and many others called Alcatraz home for many years. The shop was founded and owned by Oshawa-native, Jason King, and managed by the ever-comical Jeff MacDonald, a long-time Oshawa skater.
If you have a chance, browse their site, which is still up but not updated: www.alcatrazskates.com