By DAVID BORAKS
People love Davidson for its small-town charm and sense of community. But it’s also constantly evolving, as newcomers inject new ideas and trends into the mix. Among the latest are Chris and Michelle Stowers, who grew up in California’s skateboard culture and have opened a specialty clothing and board shop called Legacy Supply Co. off South Main Street.
The eclectic shop, at 432 S. Main St., South Main Square, sells everything from skateboards and custom bicycles to accessories and casual apparel such as hand-made jeans by North Carolina’s Raleigh Denim. The owners describe it as a “lifestyle and heritage boutique.”
The Stowers and their twin girls Parker and Riley moved to Davidson from New Hampshire in January. Chris runs his own company, CDS-JDS LLC, installing rebar on commercial construction projects. He had spent a lot of time in the Charlotte area and realized that with a good airport nearby, it could become a hub for his business.
The drove through Davidson and fell in love. Once here, they spied an opening for a shop like Legacy.
“Being raised in the San Francisco Bay area, skateboarding was a part of our lives,” Michelle Stowers said. Finding board-oriented clothing and equipment required a trip to Winston-Salem.
“My husband and I realized there wasn’t a skateboard shop in town,” said Ms. Stowers, 36. Actually, she hadn’t found a good clothing shop like this even in New England.
“I’m not a huge internet shopper,” she said. “I like to try things on. And I like shopping in my community.”
The Stowers also are interested in US-made products and sustainability. Mr. Stowers, 39, said they’ve tried to acquire items from smaller manufacturers, including those that make things by hand.
“We handpicked these companies because of their quality and sustainability. We wanted quality companies we can stand behind,” he said.
The shop opened last week. The Stowers plan a grand opening in early fall to help spread the word about their one-of-a-kind boutique.
SPECIALTIES AND BOARDS
The shop sells “urban style” cyclewear by Cadence, Joe Jeans (for boys and girls), a line of top-end kids’ denim called Esp No. 1, LAmade (for women and girls) and vintage clothing. Legacy also has “fun and funky” bike helmets by Nutcase, Tellason and Lovewright Co.
In the brightly lit back gallery, the shop has skateboards, longboards, paddleboards and accessories. They also sell custom cruiser bikes made Workman Cycles in New York, and classic adult tricycles.
You can also arrange stand-up paddleboard lessons, rentals and boards thanks to the shop’s partnership with local paddle boarder Jesse Spradley of Vagabond Boards.
ADDING TO SOUTH MAIN SQUARE
Legacy is the latest new business to open in South Main Square, off South Main Street. It’s at the south end of the parking lot that includes Restaurant X, Jayne’s Village Tack Shop, Davidson Violins and Campania Cafe.
The shopping center, owned and managed by local business consultant Kathleen Rose, also houses Davidson Beverage Co., a specialty beer and wine store that opened in May.
South Main Square includes the Business Center, which offers meeting space, executive office suites and “flexible virtual office options” for business owners and entrepreneurs.