Few local businesses have truly stood the test of time and provided a safe, family atmosphere for over four decades. Humble Family Skate Center recently celebrated 40 years of fun and giving back to the community in the Humble area. Owner Gloria Tate, together with her family, are still the original owners.
Saturday, Sept.16 was a day marked in history for this local establishment as they celebrated their 40th anniversary by offering $5 skating, a lot of cake and prizes galore. Even though 500 men, women and children rushed through their doors throughout the day, it was an emotional time. The local community had just experienced Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath.
“I knew families were hurting at the loss, hardship and devastation they’d experienced, but my family and I pulled together and offered a low-cost way to get out, have fun and at least for a few hours, forget what they were going through outside our doors,” said Tate.
Tate and her family found joy and pride as they helped local families create memories, but also reminisced about how they got started with meager and humble beginnings.
“Although we began our skate days based on our familiar origins in Louisiana, my original intent was to be a Realtor. One thing led to another and we began the makings of the building as our own subcontractors, adding nail by nail to the floor. The music was played by turntable or record to the tune of disco,” said Tate.
Each year, the family adds and improves upon the last year and they forge excellent relationships along the way. Tate said that after all these years, what she is proudest of is her children; they have grown up at the rink and now manage the business with her, especially her daughter, Rachel Tate-Study. Rachel’s husband, Jack Study, is also the speed skating coach. This business is not only locally owned, but a true family adventure. In addition to the closeness of her family, Tate-Study has a special place in her heart for her competitive speed skaters.
“These are individuals that compete at the national level in Lincoln, Nebraska. Several of the skaters’ parents are former speed skaters, too. It is truly a growing and amazing sport,” said Tate-Study.
Humble Family Skate Center offers birthday parties, school group fundraisers, skate lessons and open family skate times. But most of all, they offer memories. Generations of children celebrated special occasions at the rink and now are bringing their own children in.
Tate and her family are not only long-term residents of the Humble area, but they have a rich, multi-generational history of giving back to those in need. Recently, the Tate family gave hundreds of dollars to the Timberwood Middle School BOYS Club (Build Our Youth for Success), the Thanksgiving Feast at the Humble Civic Center, and to special projects at nearby Lakeland Elementary. They have donated to so many more organizations over the past decades.
Now that the holidays are here, the Humble Family Skate Center is also hosting a Toy Drive. They are asking all local residents and business owners to drop off a new toy valued at $15 or more. The intent is to collect enough toys that they can bring in the families most severely impacted by Hurricane Harvey Dec. 20 and allow them to have a very special Christmas. Those who bring in a toy for the Toy Drive will get a free skate pass.
Humble Family Skate is located at 320 N. Houston Avenue and may be reached by calling 281-446-9293 or by visiting humbleskate.com.