Danky’s: big city store in a small town


Brothers Mike Rhorer and Graham Price (left to right) opened Danky’s Apparel and Skate on Aug. 23. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Danky's has already piqued the interest of 16-year-old Jared Krueger (above), of McGregor, who admitted that he wasn’t that interested in skating before Danky’s came on the scene.

Danky’s offers skateboard decks, accessories, hats, shoes and apparel, as well as skateboard customizing and repair services.

The store also offers the local skating community something intangible—support.

 

By Audrey Posten

 

When Graham Price traveled from Lima, Ohio to McGregor earlier this summer to visit his brother, Mike Rhorer, who lives in town, he envisioned two weeks spent on the water boating and fishing. The plan certainly wasn’t to open a skateboard and apparel shop. However, six weeks later, after falling in love with the area and learning about the Prairie du Chien skatepark, that’s exactly what he and Rhorer have done. 

 

Danky’s Apparel and Skate opened Aug. 23 after just three weeks of planning and preparation. Located on Main Street, the store offers customers everything from skateboard decks and accessories to hats, shoes and apparel.

 

The store also offers the local skating community something intangible—support.

 

“We didn’t do this because we saw dollar signs,” Price explained. “It was really for the skatepark. We want Danky’s to succeed, but we want the skatepark to succeed more.”

 

Growing up in Lexington, Ky, the brothers’ parents were on the board to get a skatepark constructed in their town. The two remember well the fight for support and funding.

 

In an effort to provide both, the store is currently holding a raffle, with all proceeds going to the skatepark. People can also head to Danky’s to sign up for the Sept. 21 Mississippi Mud Run, a four-mile obstacle-ridden run that also raises money for the skatepark. Mud Run attendees will also find a Danky’s booth at the event.

 

Even though the brothers do not have kids of their own, they also hope the store will provide an outlet for local youth, whether the kids are skaters or not.

 

“There are a lot of issues in smaller towns with kids having nothing to do,” Price said. “Something like this gets kids interested. I know skating kept both of us out of trouble.”

 

It has already piqued the interest of 16-year-old Jared Krueger, of McGregor, who admitted that he wasn’t that interested in skating before Danky’s came on the scene.

 

“Danky’s opened and it was like bam, I wanted to skate,” he said.

 

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