Everybody get your roll on!
A group of friends just opened the first Black woman-owned skating rink in Charlotte, North Carolina Travel Noire reports.
Rollin’ CLT is a new outdoor skating rink and lounge offering skate rentals, a live DJ, a hookah bar, and a rotating cadre of food trucks. The new rink is owned by co-founders Kendria Holmes, Brandi Fox, and Sh’niqua Ussery. Holmes said that she has been working on the vision since 2016.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to open up a skating rink because we don’t currently have any in Charlotte. Everything else is on the outskirts,” Holmes said.
In 2018, she met Fox, her business partner, then the two met Ussery two years later. Together, the group made their dreams come true by opening the first and only Black-owned skating rink in Charlotte. The rink opened Labor Day Weekend, beginning as an outdoor only experience.
“We’ll have some game trucks, board games, card games, different types of vendors. We’re really bringing an experience to the city that’s not like anything else,” Holmes told reporters ahead of the grand opening.
Ticket prices vary from $11 to $22 with the option of renting skates for $3 or bringing your own. For now, Rollin’ CLT will be open on the weekends outdoors.
“Friday and Saturday nights will be our adult night sessions, and Sundays will be our family sessions where you can bring children,” Holmes said.
The owners plan to keep it outdoors only for the remainder of 2021 with plans to open an indoor rink in 2022. You can also host a private party and have the option of bringing Rollin’ CLT to you.
Photo Courtesy of Rollin’ CLT