Pilllar — yes, with three Ls — is a skate shop, coffee house, and live music space located on Central Avenue in northeast Minneapolis. Their events are all-ages...The upcoming concert calendar features local acts like Duluth’s Dirtbike Boyfriend, Twin Cities punk band Squanchy...
Bracken says a friend recently helped him put into perspective just how important spaces like Pilllar are for a city that wants to have a vibrant music community.
"They were like, 'What you're doing here, these kids are gonna remember it forever.' Like, these are gonna be those core memories of 'Remember going to that show, and seeing that band, and moshing, and all that stuff, at that coffee shop?'" he says. "I totally remember going to those types of shows when I was in my late teens, early twenties... now I'm like, holy shit, now I've got a space providing those same memories for bands and people that are coming out to see the music."
DISPATCH checked in with Corey Bracken, founder of PILLLAR, a Minneapolis-based skateboard company focusing on sustainability. Not only that, the company also took over the former Anelace space by Lowry and Central in Northeast with the new Forum Cafe, complete with decks, clothing, and a mural from a big deal national artist.
The Twin Cities has a lot of great “coffee and” shops. Coffee and bikes? You’ve got Venture North, Angry Catfish, and The Fix. Coffee and records? There’s Caydence. Coffee and books? Moon Palace. Coffee and games? Steamship. Corey Bracken wondered: Why not coffee and skateboards?
Pilllar Skateboards is a skateboard company based here in the Twin Cities. They are the first ever climate positive skate company, laying the path for companies to take the initiative as well. Corey was such a fun guy to talk to. I hope you enjoy!
PILLLAR Skateboards is based out of Minneapolis and their primary focus is about making the world a better place. Whether its planting a tree for every deck purchased, creating apparel out of recycled material, using bamboo bottles to reduce use of single use plastics, PILLLAR is a climate positive Skateboard company you NEED to pay attention to.
by, Progression Skateboard Co.
Carbon neutrality is not a term usually thrown around at your neighborhood skatepark... Corey Bracken founded PILLLAR Skateboards with the goal of becoming the world's first climate positive skateboard brand.
by, Everywhere Co-CEO Irys Kornbluth