Everyone knows the maxim, "Don't dress for the skate shop you are, dress for the skate shop you want to be". Taking mad heed, Exit Skate Shop.
To up visibility and perceived awesomeness, the purveyor of streetwear, sneakers, trucks, and Canadian maple pro model decks has ditched their Fishtown shoebox to occupy a far roomier, bi-level Northern Liberties space, complete with cherry wood display cases, a massive shoe-wall, and a vintage woodgrain bar serving as the register booth -- now sober, but still taking your money. Spring drops include WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy (slick gray-and-white pinstriped zip-up jacket; turquoise tee w/ WESC logo riding azure wave) and Spike Jonze's Girl and Chocolate lines, with tees ranging from Jaws swimming up to chomp a restroom-style female symbol, to "Tell Your Girl to Stop Paging Me" -- clearly aimed at the late-80s boyfriend of Rosie Perez. Then there're footwear debuts like Emerica's black suede Francis lo w/ black cross-stitched logos; the éS Theory 1.5 cream suede mid w/ white vulcanized rubber sole; and the hemp-laced lo-top canvas Avers w/ recycling logo and ear of corn on the heel cup, cheekily designed by Rick McCrank (not just a prank call anymore).
Exit's feting their move with a 6-9pm Friday bash, with free Yards drafts, a photo exhibit, a video premiere of Traffic's "Tokyo Transfer", and a performance by local skate-punk legends McRad, who followed the maxim "Don't name yourself for the band you are, name yourself for the band Ray Kroc wants to be".