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Skate shop opens in Bedford

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By John Barnhart

It’s cold up in Maine and Colin Franklin was looking for a milder climate. That brought him to Bedford.

    The timing couldn’t have been better.
    Bedford County is building a skateboard facility at Falling Creek Park. That led Franklin to start a new business, after moving to Bedford four months ago.
    Franklin opened Full Deck on East Main Street on Dec. 4, the day of the Christmas parade. The store is located next door to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation office.
    Full Deck carries anything related to skate boards, including apparel and shoes. You can buy complete skate boards, decks and wheels. A skate boarder can build his own board or get parts for an existing board. Franklin’s still in the process of stocking his store and expects to have a wide range of shoes in stock before Christmas.
    “I moved down here, heard about that world-class skate park being built and decided to go for it,” he said. “It’s amazing what they’ve done.”    
    He’s looking forward to using the park when it’s completed.
    “I’m pumped,” he said.
    The area also offers better skateboarding weather than Maine, although cold never stopped him, completely. He said he has skateboarded at 14 below zero.
    “That wasn’t common,” he noted.
    Franklin, who is 23 and has been skateboarding since he was a youngster, said that he’s always loved skateboarding because of the freedom he feels. It’s also inexpensive.
    “You spend 130 bucks and you’re good ‘till you wear it out,” he commented.
    Along with displays of merchandise, Franklin would like to liven up the shop with art. One of the steps he’s thinking of taking is having art displays in the upstairs over the shop. He said he’s looking for young, talented fresh artists. He believes the skateboarding crowd can be a source of art because skateboarding tends to attract creative people.
    “A lot of skaters are artists too,” he said, “or musicians.”
    Franklin hopes to have something ready to go by the time 2nd Fridays resume in the spring. Even if it’s not art, he promises something of interest.
    “I have a bunch of ideas about what to do with the upstairs,” he said.
    Full Deck is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 5 p.m.