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Community Highlights: Meet Jahlin McMillan of Jays Boardshop

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jahlin Mcmillan.  

Hi Jahlin, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Hi, my name is Jahlin McMillan owner of jays Boardshop located in Oceanside Ca sooo how I got started soo the ideal First came about when I was 13, I said I’d own a skate shop just skating around messing with your friends… I always kept that in the back of my head that’s something that I’d wanna do with my life fast forward to 25 after quitting job after job back and forth hustling in the streets I finally got an opportunity to make it happen so I took the risk and went for it at first I started the brand by selling boards and T-shirts out the trunk of my car while they made me wait 8 months for the building the location of my shop was very important because it’s in the same neighborhood I grew up in and exactly one block up the street from my local skate park I was blessed to have some really good ppl around me in the very beginning passing knowledge down to me as well as just really taking the time to learn and teach myself as much as I could going into my first business I wasn’t able to receive financial help during the pandemic soo I did everything I possibly could to get the money to make it happen whether it was hustling in the street doing DoorDash selling products out the trunk. Crazy I was trying to start up when everything was shutting down but once the time came for me to get the keys to the building I was ready and I took off and ran with it.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
At times it’s been smooth but just like every small business starting up it’s had its bumps in the road but I run everything by myself soo it’s more of just being able to be the teacher/student to your own craft my biggest struggle along the way, in the beginning, was managing my personal life versus my business life finding balance between the two.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Jays Boardshop?
Jay’s Boardshop is a local neighborhood skate shop located in Oceanside California i run a retail skate shop basically I specialize in the sales of all skateboarding products decks trucks wheels etc.. but really I treat my shop more for the culture it’s not just about skateboarding even though that’s the main thing I host rap shows art shows community events soo I try to bring multiple communities and environments together at the shop jays Boardshop is skater owned and a black owned business what I’m most proud about honestly I’m just proud that I was able to really pursue my dreams and goals and make them happen I always tell myself you’re the student and the teacher currently I’m 27 I’m old enough to relate to people a tad bit older than me but I’m young enough to relate and understand all the kids coming up in skateboarding one thing I’d like the readers to know about jays is that I appreciate everyone that’s giving me their support with anything that has to do with the shop I really does mean a lot to me soo if you took the time to read this thank you!!! 

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
I don’t really have a mentor for the things I’m doing but when it comes to networking, I think you just gotta keep it 100% real with people regardless as long as people respect you and your craft, they’ll want to work with you and give you advice just gotta really LISTEN to what people are actually saying don’t be scared to ask questions if you don’t know the answer to something seek advice from people that have DONE “not the ones hypothetically speaking. 

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