See how this new skate shop + vintage clothing store brings Woodlawn to life

Outside “The Wood” Photo via Jason Agan

Although we know the skating industry is booming around Birmingham, you may be looking for a place to get your new gear and leads. Look no further than The Wood, a vintage skate shop and clothing store.

The Wood – a vintage skate shop and clothing store. Find out how he serves the community and brings life (and skating) to Woodlawn.

As a joint venture between Jason Agan (creator of All Hands Skateboards) and his business partner and apparel side manager, Cameron Williams.

How the wood started

Vintage clothing from The Wood
Vintage clothing from The Wood. Photo by Cameron Williams

Jason Agan, the creator of All Hands Skateboards, and Cameron Williams, the founder of Ill Status Vintage, founded The Wood to get involved in the Woodlawn community and have a physical shop space to sell their vintage products and their skateboards. Supporting locals is something they are passionate about, and this place is proof of that.

Prior to The Wood, Agan and Williams owned separate businesses and sought out community pop-up shops such as the Vintage Market in Mom’s Basement to sell their wares. Now that they are collectively The Wood, they host their own events such as “Scratch Sessions” which take place every Monday from 6-8pm.

If you don’t know what a scratch session is, it’s an open turnable scratch session open to all forms of hip hop. It’s also a way for them to connect with the Woodlawn community Looks like we’ll have to spend a Monday night.

Agan and Williams are delighted to sell merchandise in The Wood such as vintage shirts, branded hats and some cute kicks to match. Check them out for all your skateboarding needs or elevate your wardrobe with these vintage yarns.

Here are all the details.

The history of the building

Musician Dan Sartain and the late Vince Oliver in what was then the Hippodrome.
Musician Dan Sartain and the late Vince Oliver in what was then the Hippodrome. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

This store previously existed as the former barbershop of the late Dan Sartain and was a barbershop for 104 years before The Wood. Formerly called the Hippodrome, the local musician, Dan Sartain, took the opportunity to buy the place after the death of the former owner. As a long-time client of the Hippodrome, he couldn’t think of a better opportunity.

Along with barber Bud Genry, they created a one-chair barber shop called Genry’s to carry on the racetrack legacy they all knew and loved. When Sartain retired, he kept the shop in his name until his death in March 2021.

As this begins a new chapter for 5520 First Ave, Agan and his partners are thrilled to bring a new vibe and even more smiles to this former barber shop.

Explore Woodlawn

Woodlawn Birmingham - Home of the Woods.
Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Through the efforts of REV Bham to bring Woodlawn Street Market to the area and month-long pop-up shops such as Woodlawn Marketplace, revitalization is becoming real in Woodlawn. With more opportunities for business development and overall growth, good things are definitely afoot.

Agan’s mission is to bring his love of skateboarding to the Woodlawn community. The Wood is a big step in the right direction to get that community involvement.

“I recently started a mission to get a skate park at Willow Wood Community Center, and it’s called Skate Woodlawn. We’re going to work with the community to get local kids involved in skateboarding as an alternative to team sports and a way to keep kids focused on exercise and neighborhood well-being.

Jason Agan, co-founder, The Wood

We look forward to seeing Woodlawn prosper as other initiatives take place.

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