Ambler Skate Shop news

Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 1:31 pm 7 comments

Hey all-

Now, I have many doubts that there are skaters checking this, but I figure I need to put it out there anyway.

Owner of Ambler Skate Shop/Ambler Trophy, Norman Hamilton, died last month. He will be remembered for his cocky attitude and yet love for extreme sports. I’ll miss him.

Other thing that must be said is that the store is staying open, thankfully. It has been taken over by some dude whose name I forget. But it’s still there! Now, what must be said is that he’s most likely going to get rid of the inline skates. He told me that they will be on clearance sale soon. You better believe I’ll pick something up! My Shima II’s are wonderful, but new wheels would be awesome. And, of course, a helmet…

Everything in terms of skating is changing. Cheapskates has long since been shut down, now Norm, who knows what next? Thankfully, Woodward will still continue. But it’s not like I’m planning on going again! Now, for the good news. In Maple Shade, NJ, there is a new CONCRETE park! I can’t wait to try it out. And, umm, try myself out.

Alright, nough said. See ya.

Doug

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  • 1. Kommi Posers  |  Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    That miserable sob was a dick. When I was kid, he used to watch us on the closed circuit security system from the back of the store and hope we thought he wasn’t there. He was trying to bait us into stealing something just so he could get off. All we wanted to do was to check the latest decks or whatever.

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  • 2. john smith  |  Friday, February 2, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    that old dude was a quere!!!!!!!!
    if dude’s parents only new!!!

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  • 3. dougtales  |  Friday, February 2, 2007 at 10:04 pm

    hehe I kinda guessed that people thought those things, but come on now, the man was in his 70’s last i saw him… his parents were passed away, for sure. I knew him very well (having worked for him and hung out with him for easily 4+ yrs). The guy simply didn’t care about impressing the youngins. He got his work done, and kept Ambler Skate Shop and Trophy open for a few decades (and counting). Amazing, I say! I’ve gotten a chance to speak more with the man who took the store over, and you better believe it: he was on Team Toxic in the 70’s. Somehow, he found it in him to pass on the store’s soul: extreme sports. He’s going to sell snowboards soon, and perhaps trick bikes (I doubt that.). Thank you Ambler Skate Shop for helping me become what I am today!

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  • 4. edward  |  Monday, March 26, 2007 at 8:34 pm

    i was on the team when norm passed awa and to the other two kids up there they don know whta they are talking bbout norm was a great human and we will all miss him and we all love you norm rip norm hamiliton i love you

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  • 5. Michael  |  Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Kommi Posers and john smith
    you two know nothing
    Norm was a great man if you got to know him
    my brother was a regular back in the 70’s and my three Kids became regulars for the past 9 years
    Norm was the guy that didnt put up with any sh** was not worried to loose a sale by tossing your a** out of the store if you were an idiot.
    Norm Always treated my kids well and we all used to laugh about how he was quick to tell the a**holes to “get out and don’t come Back” some of you a**holes just cant take it

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  • 6. maxfield  |  Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    I used to ride for Ambler Skateshop. Norm was a quarky old guy, but he loved keeping skateboarding alive. You had to take him with a grain of salt. He had the shop open from the 70’s, and it is still the olsest shop around. A fellow, by the name of Clay, has taken over the shop since Norm has past away. I’m glad to see the shop will be kept open. For all you deuche-bags talkin’ shit on a dead guy, OLD MAN AMBLER IS GONNA GET YOU IN YOUR SLEEP. Oh yeah, and the in-line skates are gone. (CAUSE THEY SUCK) Cheers.

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  • 7. dougtales  |  Monday, February 11, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Just a heads up: my old nextdoor neighbor owns and runs the shop! See the link on the right side of this page for more skateboard goodness!

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