Intuition Skate Shop celebrates 10 years

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of Intuition Skate Shop, its founder and owner Matthew Mickey brought in a friend from Long Beach to help out.

It was none other than Chris Haffey, considered in the in-line skate world to be one of the best of all time.

"I fell in love with Rollerblading, stuck with it and here I am," said Haffey as he stood outside the business at 705 18th St.

The 25-year-old Haffey was there not only to congratulate his friend but to promote his new Remedy Haffey 2.0 signature model skate.

The skate was entirely rethought by Haffey who personally put a multitude of samples through the test. It took three years of testing and development to come up with the final product. The skates sell for about $299.

Intuition Skate Shop was founded by two unlikely businessmen in March 2000. Mickey was then 19 years old and his business partner, Ray Tolentino, was just 17. Tolentino moved on to college, but Mickey was hooked and could not let it go.

A fire destroyed the original location at California and H streets in 2004, and Mickey was later evicted from a second location. He seems to have found his best location at its present site at 18th and R streets three years ago.

A large group of in-line skaters were on hand for the anniversary celebration, performing stunts on the sidewalk with Haffey joining in.

"It hasn't been a smooth ride, but the last couple of years we've seen some remarkable steady and substantial growth," said Mickey.