As the year comes to a close, we will be revisiting some of the highlights that made 2013 a year to remember for the Orchard family. Between the skate jams, art shows, new shop opening, pro visits, team rider coverage and more, 2013 has been a wild ride!

Picking up where we left off with last week’s post of skate events, this week will focus on the different Art shows in the Extension Gallery, pro visits to the shops, and different community events.

On Saturday February 23rd, 2012 we hosted a release party and the “Downeaster” art show to commemorate Orchard team rider Joey Pepper’s first signature model shoe from Huf Footwear.

The art show featured intricate lighting pieces created by Joey and paintings by his longtime friend Rocco Hodgdon, proprietor of Death or Glory Tattoos in Westbrook, ME.

Michael Chew put together this video piece from the event.


This past April, our beloved hometown was victim to a terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon and these horrible events effected our entire city on many levels.

In the spirit of helping our fellow Bostonians we teamed up with other Boston skate/lifestyle shops and brands to organize a unified benefit event called One Big Push where we were collectively able to raise over $8500 for victims of the bombing.

Endless thanks go out to everyone that supported the event and to all the companies that donated to the benefit.

In May we had the amazing opportunity to work with Dennis Mcnett, Anti Hero, and Vans to host an exhibit of Dennis’ original work for Anti Hero. In addition to the exhibition, we released a collaboration project with Dennis and Anti Hero entitled Off Campus Housing that included an Orchard X Anti Hero deck and a Care Package from Mom filled with all types of co branded goodies.

Check the video by Michael Chew where Dennis Mcnett talks about the source of inspiration for his work, and how he first linked up with Julien Stranger and John Cardiel to create graphics for Antihero.

On Saturday July 13th 2013 we hosted an art show in the Extension Gallery featuring work from Rook Brand’s creative director Joe King.

“Starting Points” showcased a collection of desired works and mediums ranging from graphite on paper to pen and ink to digital media. With a well-rounded perspective on art and design, Joe wanted to give a sneak peek of the working process from the rough and gritty to the polished and refined. “Starting Points” highlighted all the first tools we learned when discovering our passion to create.

Video by Michael Chew

On Saturday August 3rd, 2013 the Cold War tour came to Boston with riders from the Zero and Mystery teams for a demo and signing at the shop.

In this clip filmed and edited by Michael Chew, Zero owner and legendary pro skater Jamie Thomas talks about the tour, skating East Coast spots, and the upcoming Cold War video.

!ND!V!DUALS COLLECTIVE builds an ORCHARD from Winston Macdonald on Vimeo.

This past August marked a major milestone for us when we opened up our Newbury Street store in Boston’s Back Bay. To celebrate the occasion we hosted a pro meet & greet and grand opening party.

Check the photos on our facebook page by Nicole Hirsch:

On September 14th, 2013 we had the amazing opportunity to host the 20 Years Of Girl art exhibit in the Extension Gallery at our Allston shop, with special guests Rick Howard, Mike Carroll and Ben Colen in attendance.

Along with the art show, we teamed up to release a collaboration project with Girl Skateboards that consists of a board, tee shirt, and DVD mixtape of some of our favorite Girl parts from the last 20 years.
The capsule is available in both of our Boston locations and online at

Check this video of the opening reception by Michael Chew, and make sure to watch the mixtape on Vimeo here

In association with Converse and Santa Cruz Skateboards we proudly hosted an art exhibition by the one and only Jason Jessee on Saturday October 5th, 2013 in the Extension Gallery at our Allston shop.

Entitled “Manufactured Inspirado / Keeping the Mythos Alive”, the show features photographs and memorabilia from his 25+ year career in skateboarding. Along with items from Jason’s personal collection, the exhibit will also feature his unique sculpture art that is a blend of punk rock spirit, motorcycle culture and general weirdness that only Jason could come up with.

Check the Michael Chew video of Jason’s weekend in Boston featuring Jason’s Converse teammate Kenny Anderson.

On Saturday night, November 9 2013 Orchard’s Extension Gallery hosted and exhibition opening of A Place in the Sun – an installation of photographs from professional skateboarder Arto Saari.

On the following evening, the rest of the New Balance Numeric joined Arto for an autograph signing at Orchard. This was the first signing for the NB# team and included PJ Ladd, Levi Brown, Tyler Surrey, Jordan Taylor, Tom Karangelov, and Jordan Trahan.

In this video by Michael Chew, Arto talks a bit about the New Balance Numeric program, their new video, and about his first visit to Boston.