WICHITA — It's not widely known in the business community, but attorney Steve Joseph is into skateboarding.
No, the 67-year-old doesn't skate himself – "I'd fall down and break a hip, and they'd have to bury me" – but he is investing in a skate shop for the second time.
Joseph previously invested in the Street behind Riverside Cafe at 13th and Bitting.
"It just didn't work out at that location," Joseph says.
Now, former Street owner Nathan Beste and Wichita Skateboarding Society founders Jake Williams and Cory Whitlock are opening Welldone Skate Supply in Delano.
"We're trying to revamp and redo," Beste says.
Joseph met Williams and Whitlock when they came to him to invest $100 in their Bangers Under the Bridge skateboarding event.
"Within five minutes of talking with them, I was so impressed, I decided I wanted to do business with these guys," Joseph says. "This is really going to be a great thing."
The 1,700-square-foot store will be at 617 W. Douglas in part of the space where All Things Barbecue was before moving across the street.
There will be a retail area in the front that will have skateboards, clothing and art supplies along with a Welldone line of socks, shirts, hats and boards. There also will be a skateboarding ramp in the back.
"This is the one thing that's going to set us apart," Joseph says.
"In the wintertime, kids will love it," Williams says. "There's nowhere to skate indoor around here."