Your Local Kite Shop
Posted 01 October 2008 - 03:56 PM
So many small kite shops have closed this year due to the condition of our country as well as the lack of local support. Here’s what happens when we lose that little shop near the beach where we bought our first kite. There is nowhere to go to get the parts we need to build or repair our kites. New fliers start to decrease and festivals seem far and few between in the area. The gathering place for fliers to come and just hang around and share their kiting stories is lost.
As we closed the doors to Kitesville today, I stood and cried in the empty building. I lost something that I loved so much and poured my heart and soul into. I remembered the faces that passed through the doors, Ben.. who took the time to come in the shop and visit last January, Dodd… who was amazed at the display of his kites, the Shooks.. who came and shared lunch with us in the office. Steve and Mara.. who worked a weekend at the shop so we could have some time off. All the people that walked through the door and their first words were “wow this is a cool store”
To Revolution Enterprises... The best days at the shop was when we took a new Rev flier accross the street and watched with excitement when they "got it" and were flying on their own, grinning from ear to ear.
To all of you that supported Kitesville…. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:13 PM
Sorry to hear of your loss. Steve it was always great talking and working with you. Best to you both for what lies ahead.
Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:48 PM
Posted 01 October 2008 - 06:58 PM
Sorry to hear about a great shop becoming history
Posted 01 October 2008 - 07:40 PM
So sad to hear you have closed your doors. I could tell you enjoyed it. I only wish I had a local kite shop to go to around here. Especially if it had nice folks like you running it.
Posted 01 October 2008 - 10:38 PM
Bricks and mortare kite shops are getting few and far between everywher.This dam resession is hurting good people the world over.
With the weather getting wetter,money getting tighter,the internet,open global markets,cheep imports,and the list goes on.
All the best in whatever it is you decide to do.I hope its makes ya smile again.
Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:00 AM
Im so sad to see you close. You were always there for me and all my kite need and questions. The kiting world has lost a truely great shop.
Thou shall fly a REV (11th Commandment)
Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:15 AM
Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:41 AM
Saw this last nite, knew it was coming, and it still brought a tear to my eye. ...
Best of luck in the future, know you'll stay involved with festivals and Revs/Revolettes, and who knows what may yet come of this sad situation. But hope it will be great!
Come see us at Flying Smiles Kites when you're on the Outer Banks of NC!
Kites make me smile ... Revs make me grin!
"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
Posted 02 October 2008 - 05:44 AM
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 06:29 AM
Yes, these are very bad economic times. I wish you well in whatever it is that you decide to do next. Good luck to you both!
The Kite Shoppe - Vancouver, WA USA (by Portland, Oregon)
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 07:29 AM
Posted 02 October 2008 - 07:40 AM
Thank you so much for all you've done for me since I first got into kites!!
If it hadn't been for Kitesville, I may have never gotten into it in the first place!
I' am soooo terribly sorry to hear you've had to close the doors
I wish you both the best! ((Big Hugs))
Kiting Tampa Bay
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Posted 02 October 2008 - 08:23 AM
".....Race Rods & 120s......of course!"
"You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows" BD
"One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain" BM
Posted 02 October 2008 - 08:31 AM
Another valuable asset to the kiting community bites the dust. Very sad indeed. You're not the first and won't be the last to fall victim to the bricks and mortar debacle or the economic pressures of owning a real "mom & pop" shop. That said, if there is a bright side, you'll hopefully get to spend more time flying.
Couldn't have said it any better.
Steve and Sherri, good luck in whatever it is you decide to do from here. I know the loss to the kiting community will be felt in your area.
Always heard good things about you guys although never the pleasure of getting to that area myself.
Ft. Taber Park & Brenton Point
Rev's are like a carbon framed out-of-body experience
Posted 02 October 2008 - 11:11 AM
phone, and my heart are always open for you both cause it's not just kites it's Family.....Ben
Posted 02 October 2008 - 12:35 PM
I think Benny is right, it's not over, it's only changing.. And the revelettes live on!! Take some time to fly more, enjoy more.. and know we are all here for you.
Posted 02 October 2008 - 02:09 PM
Posted 03 October 2008 - 06:48 AM
We will be out flying this weekend at TI.
Thanks again for all the emails of support.
Posted 05 October 2008 - 05:15 AM
I just wanted to record our debt to Kitesville over the years - and of course the last year since you were running it - for much of the content of our kite bag was bought from the store and the hints and guidance we gained was a bonus. The Internet isn't necessarily the big bad bear, but it cannot replace the personal contact, the advice and conversations that come from a shop manned by knowledgeable flyers. Did I mention the fitting of cissy sticks to my wife's Rev, etc.?
At least all the friendships built will survive this loss and we'll look forward to meeting up and flying with you both again.
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