A collective gasp rose from Boise's snowboard and skate communities in August 2014, when Boise Weekly broke the news that Newt and Harold's, which sold snow and skate equipment and accessories, would be closing after nearly 30 years in business. Owners Lori Wright and Lori Ambur said they were shuttering the shop, at 1021 Broadway Ave., after years of struggling to compete with online shopping--that and the fact that they'd been doing it for nearly 30 years. "It's just that we're getting a little older and the industry has changed so much in the last five years," Wright told BW, adding that she and Ambur opened the store in 1985 when they were both in their mid-20s. Wright said she plans to continue being active in the community, though, lending her support to fundraising for skate improvements at Rhodes Park. "The big thing I want to say is 'thank you so much' to Boise, we could never have done this if this community did not support us," Wright said. No, thank you.
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