The Charlotte trio bring a mobile ice rink to the Eastridge shopping center in Gastonia

Three women from Charlotte are planning to bring their mobile ice rink called Rollin ‘Clt Rink and Lounge to Eastridge Shopping Center in Gastonia.

The Ice Rink and Lounge is a mobile ice rink and lounge owned by Charlotte-born Kendria Holmes, Sh’niqua Ussery and Brandi Fox.

“We wanted to do something for us by us,” said Holmes.

For now, the mobile ice rink will only be open for one day, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 22, on Center Court at Eastridge Mall, located at 246 N. New Hope Road.

“We’re seeing how this first event goes and hope to move on to something permanent in the mall,” Fox said.

The event features approximately 2,500 square feet of space with edging for guests to skate, benches for changing shoes, and a seating area for hookah and music.

“We want people to go out and have a good time,” Fox said.

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Skate rental will be $ 10 and rental options include kid sizes ranging from 11c for kids to 13 for men’s skates.

The Charlotte trio met at entrepreneurship and mutual friends events. They collaborated through Holmes’ idea for the rink in 2020 and started hosting pop-up events.

“We all grew up in Charlotte skating at Tradewinds and Kate’s Ice Rink,” Ussery said. “We want people to just have fun.”

They began hosting the pop-up rink in indoor and outdoor spaces in their hometown in the North Davidson (NoDa) and downtown neighborhoods.

The main location of their indoor rink is at Charlotte’s Fran’s Kids Boys and Girls Center located at 2600 W. Trade St.

Sh'niqua Ussery (left), Brandi Fox and Kendria Holmes (right) want to have a good time at Eastridge Shopping Center in Gastonia with the Rollin 'Clt Rink and Lounge on Saturday January 22.

The group got the idea to open an ice rink in Eastridge Mall after Fox walked around Eastridge Mall and met Nathaniel Jones, owner of Legacy Music Studio.

Fox says the two met with the managers of the mall and held a trial run for the rink.

“At first we wanted to have a brick and mortar building, but we had to rotate because of COVID,” Fox said.

Holmes says she enjoys the learning journey as a skater and wants the community to have the same experience.

“I see it as poetry in motion seeing someone on their wheels having fun,” said Holmes. “It’s a vibe.”

Fox says it really takes a team to achieve the goals of creating this experience for the community.

“I love how we all have great strengths in our partnership,” Fox said. “I’m good at business, Kendria is great at public speaking and the way people view our business and Sh’niqua is great at creativity and planning.”

The community can also participate in events hosted by the group’s non-profit organization, Rollin ‘Homies, which provides education to prevent gang membership and teen violence in North Carolina.

Three Charlotte natives want to have a good time at Gastonia's Eastridge Shopping Center with the Rollin 'Clt Rink and Lounge on Saturday January 22.

The organization offers financial literacy, fitness, health and skating classes to young people.

The non-profit organization will be hosting a 4K Skater event in downtown Charlotte from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 27, where anyone can take the 4K course for $ 25.

The $ 25 registration fee covers entry, skate rental and a t-shirt.

All profits go to funding specialists, reserving spaces, supplies and more for association events.

“We just want people to have a good time and enjoy good vibes,” Fox said.

Contact Janiya Winchester at 704-869-1842 or [email protected]

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