Teen Skateboarders Open Up Their Own Skate Shop

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If anyone ever tells you you're too young to do something, you can point to Sid Egly and Rudy Martin as two reasons why that statement is wrong. At 17, the best friends have opened up their own skate shop called Skate Shack in Poolesville, Md., the only one of its kind in their small town.

Sid and Rudy have been skateboarding since they were freshmen at Poolesville High School, and have always dreamed of opening up their own shop. In Spring 2010, a retail space became available, and with $3,500 in seed money from their parents, the boys were able to get their store up and running.
"This place opened up, and it just seemed like the logical thing to do," Rudy told the Washington Post. Learning how to do inventory and price merchandise from their entrepreneurial moms, the BFFs have stocked Skate Shack with T-shirts and hats, but they really make their money on trucks, wheels and axles. Sid also customizes decks with special painted designs, ranging from $30 - $40.

The boys used Facebook and printed fliers to tell people about their new store, but word of mouth became their best tool. Then, a new skate park opened in their area in July, which really helped to boost sales. Next year, the boys will be attending college, but in the meantime, they still want to keep their store open. "It's kind of a responsibility," Sid said. "And we definitely want to pay back our parents."

Isn't that amazing? What's your passion? Do you think you could turn your favorite hobby into a money-making idea? Sid and Rudy did it, and so can you. Tell us what you're into, and let us know if you have plans to build a website, open a store or start your own business. %Poll-54938%

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