In 2006 after finishing a degree in Silversmithing, Kathleen met a group of women who were starting Calgary’s first Roller Derby league. Despite having no roller skating or sports experience, she was inspired to pick up a rusty pair of vintage skates. She called herself “Roxy Acetylene” after her favourite blowtorch and never looked back.
By 2012 she was on her fourth pair of skates, and seeing a need in the growing community of skaters she quit her job and threw herself full time in to creating Calgary’s first brick & mortar street level roller skate shop.
Why call it Nerd? Nerding out is about getting really passionate about your particular thing. And Roxy is a total nerd about skates! Every day she puts her energy in to matching the skates to the skater, helping fix what gets broken, and making sure that they have all the right gear to follow their own passion.
By 2018, Roxy was seeing another need in the community; for safe and fun places for people of all ages to discover a love for skating. Calgary Roller Skate was created to offer lessons, workshops and pop up roller rinks to bring the skating to the people.
What we do at Nerd