Rhody Gem: Civil

August 2022


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What it is:

This skate rat’s paradise offers industry-leading skateboards, footwear, apparel, and more. 

Where to find it: 

In the heart of downtown on Westminster Street, next door to Homestyle and across from Symposium Books.

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

Founded by two veteran skateboarders, Civil is one of the few true skateboard shops in the state. Tailored to all ages and abilities, the store is a cornucopia of skate culture. With a wide variety of decks (including ones from local brands Novo, Deforestation, and Swan Common), trucks, bearings, and more, their knowledgeable staff will design the perfect board to your specs, or you can grab a pre-assembled one that’s ready to ride. Their assortment of streetwear tailored to fit the skate lifestyle includes brands like Nike SB, SLVDR, and Alltimers, as well as the store’s own branded line. Items range from hoodies, tees, cargo pants and denim, to button-downs and beanies. Customers rave about the staff’s knowledge and friendliness, putting first-timers and the skate-curious at ease. Keep an eye on the sidewalk: they drag out a flat bar during lulls, where you can catch employees grinding a rail.

Civil231 Westminster Street • 383-1622



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