Humble Family Skate Center keeps rolling
- Written by Andrea Waguespack
Cutline: Keep calm and roll on: Humble Family Skate Center offers birthday parties and skating lessons. Founded in 1977, Humble Family Skate Center has kept an American pastime rolling. So what’s their secret? It’s simple, yet far from easy. Here’s a hint: the word “family” in its name is no accident. Humble Family Skate Center, located at 320 North Houston Avenue, is both a family owned and operated business and has maintained a family friendly atmosphere. And the family goes to great lengths to keep it that way. “We love families to come in. We see generations of people come in and skate,” says Rachel Tate, owner. “We see people who skated here as kids come in with their kids.” Keeping business booming for four decades is no easy feat. “We keep up with our facility. We do maintenance on a weekly basis,” says Tate. “Even though we’ve been here 37 years, we try to keep everything looking new. We pride ourselves on keeping everything looking nice.” Even the tunes are carefully selected, which, no doubt, is music to parents’ ears. “All of our music is clean and edited. Some people want us to play certain types of music and we just won’t do it,” says Tate. Tate runs the business with her mother, Gloria Tate, who is the original owner. Siblings, nieces and nephews (not to mention Tate’s husband, Jack) help out at the rink. “It’s very important to keep it in the family. [My mother] was getting to the point that she wanted to sell it, and I was like, ‘I can’t let that happen,’” says Tate. She has been keeping a full place as it is been a makeup artist for 25 years, and owns Fabulous Faces near the rink. “For me it’s kind of neat to be able to do two things that I love doing,” says Tate. Humble Skate Center offers not just skating, but also skate lessons. It’s also home to The Misfits, a roller derby team, and Texas Speed, a speed skating team based out in Austin. “We are actually ranked number two in the nation for in-line speed skating and number one for quad skating,” said Tate. Through it all, Humble Family Skate Center keeps going nearly four decades strong. That’s just how they roll. For more information, visit www.humbleskate.com.