Best of Boston

2011 Best Skate Shop


In the epicenter of Boston’s skateboard scene, this Allston hangout takes things way beyond your typical shoes and decks purveyor. The profusion of brands (hats and tees from Somerville-bred Raw sit alongside national names like Nixon) is reason enough to make it your go-to, but Orchard also has cultural cred to spare: After taking a run or catching a demo on the store’s mini ramp, pop upstairs to its Extension Gallery and check out works by local artists.

156 Harvard Ave., Allston, 617-782-7777,