Co-owners Phyllisophia Jason-Smith & Kristen Dusting started the business in 2013, “We only sell rollerskates, so no rollerblades, no ice skates, no scooters, only rollerskates” Phyllisophia tells us, beaming with pride. “We consider ourselves to be rollerskate specialists.” Both Phyllisophia and Kristen have backgrounds in roller derby, a fearsome racing contact sport played on rollerskates. “We started as a roller derby store, but over the years progressed into rollerskates for all kinds of different skating”. During the past decade, Double Threat Skates was able to carve out a niche for itself in the market and become a kind of rollerskating institution under the historic coal arches. “When you’ve been here for such a long time, you really start to feel like a local. Over the last 10 years, we’ve become a hub for the community of skaters that’s developed around London. We’re like an oasis, an Aladdin’s cave for rollerskates in the brick arches.” Kristen tells us.