Screamin Wheels and Blades, a new pop-up roller skating rink company based in Charlotte, is holding its first event in University on April 10.
Why it matters: Founder Carmen Scott tells me she wants to fill a void for Charlotte skaters, who don’t have many skating rink options around the city.
Details: The first event will be held outside Armored Cow Brewery in the University area on skate-friendly flooring that’s put together like a big puzzle. In addition to skating, the event will include food trucks and a live DJ.
There are three skating sessions — the third session sold out in one day. Tickets are $20 if you bring your own skates, and $25 if you need to rent skates.
- Session 1: 2-3:30 p.m., all ages welcome
- Session 2: 3:30-5 p.m., all ages welcome
- Session 3: 6-9 p.m., 18 and up (sold out)
Background: Scott describes herself as a “70s baby” who grew up skating every weekend. She says she hopes the event brings people joy.
“I just want them to come and from that experience I want them to leave there saying, ‘you know that was refreshing, that was exciting and I didn’t even think about the worries of my day,'” Scott says.
COVID precautions include a limited number of skaters being allowed in each session plus masks and social distancing.
Driving the news: Scroll through TikTok for 10 minutes, and you’ll see that roller skating is making a comeback. Being at home for the last year prompted more people to try skating as a way to get exercise and fresh air.
“People are interested in doing it. It’s just now we’re making it where they’ll have that opportunity to come out and get into the skate culture again,” Scott says.
What’s next: She hopes to open a brick and mortar skating rink in the future. For now she’ll continue to plan pop up events.