International Roller Skates holds grand opening

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DOZENS of community members, including children, gathered at International Roller Skates in San Antonio for its grand opening on Saturday.

Among the well-wishers were Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and his family, Saipan Mayor David Apatang, Vice Speaker Larry Deleon Guerrero, and Rep. Joseph Flores.

In an interview, Mayor Apatang thanked the business owner, Hong Kyun Kim, for creating a safe environment that promotes a healthy and active lifestyle especially among children.

K-Pop group LikeMe performs a song and dance number during the grand opening of International Roller Skates on Saturday at Winners Residence in San Antonio.

For two hours, community members were entertained by K-Pop celebrities, including LikeMe, Korean Breakers as well as rappers Bino and Byungyoon.

In an interview, International Roller Skates general manager Doyi Kim discussed the safety features of the indoor roller skating rink.

“We have capable staff members who can help beginners,” she added. She said helmets, knee and elbow pads are also available to skaters.

Korean breakdancers show their moves during the grand opening of International Roller Skates on Saturday at Winners Residence in San Antonio.

The skating rink, which has a 98-foot by 67-foot floor area, is color coded. The yellow area is for beginners while the blue lane is for advanced skaters.

Doyi Kim said after every two hours, there will be a 30-minute break to clean the skating rink.

As part of its grand opening promotion, International Roller Skates is charging a $2 admission fee and a $5 rental fee for roller skates, knee and elbow pads as well as helmets. The promotion will last until June 30.

Dozens of community members, including children, attended the grand opening of International Roller Skates on Saturday.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

Doyi Kim said they are also planning to conduct a roller skating class for children and an annual roller skating dance contest.

Before its grand opening on Saturday, International Roller Skates had a “soft opening,” Doyi Kim said, adding that most of their patrons were children and teenagers.

“They came here not knowing how to skate, but eventually they learned how to do it and they learned really fast,” she added as she thanked the local community for supporting International Roller Skates.

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