Category: Shot Caller Published on Thursday, 06 May 2010 17:21 Written by Monique McIntosh Hits: 1917
Inconspicuously located in the NW corridor of the nation’s capital is a literal palace of skate wears and lifestyle treasures. Its position on 14th St. was chosen specifically for its modesty to convey the core values of its clientele’s community. Palace5ive is the chalice of Greg Gremman, created out of an old Dollar Store and fried chicken eatery. It now hosts some the holiest of Nike SB grails and quick strikes.
The modern curved chairs contrast the bare brick walls, a visual contradiction that is often reflected in streetwear; similar to using the highest quality screen-printing to showcase a naked model flipping off the world. It is the mixture of this rawness and beauty that makes the gamut of streetwear brands appealing. From OBEY’s political satire to DURKL’s carefree graphics, one can find a shirt to express who they are [or at least want to be] at Palace5ive.
Palace5ive opened in 2007 a few blocks south of historical U st. The ‘palace’ has remained true to its calling to be a part of the community. It is an active participant of DC’s skate culture. The staff often host events at local skate parks and promote activities such as National Skate Day. Many residents surrounding the establishment visit simply to chat and kill time. This combination of well designed interior, exclusive kicks, and down-to-earth experience has made many of Palace 5ive customers feel like royalty in their own right.