TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Arcade Belt Co., founded in Olympic Valley in 2010, has taken a huge step in the company’s rapid growth.
Born out of the living rooms and sewing machines of Olympic Valley residents Tristan Queen, David Bronkie and Cody Townsend, Arcade moved into a roughly 200-square foot space in Olympic Valley in 2013.
Their introduction of high quality, thoughtfully designed belts to the action sports market has grown the company from those Squaw Valley living rooms to retailers across the U.S., Canada, Japan and Australia. To help further the company’s development, Arcade hired their first official employee and moved into a new 1,100-square foot office building, the spacious “Casa Andina” at the base of Alpine Meadows Road.
Joining forces with Queen, Bronkie and Townsend is North Tahoe native Amanda Kimmey. The North Lake Tahoe High and St. Mary’s College graduate has taken her sales and account management expertise acquired with one of the fastest growing private companies in America (www.adroll.com) to help facilitate the growth of Arcade Belt Co.
Kimmey said of her new employment, “Moving back to Tahoe and having a career I’m passionate about has always been the goal. It’s tricky to find but the Arcade team has definitely figured out how to live the Tahoe dream while creating a successful and down right awesome company.”
“She brings a ton of energy, motivation and experience to the table,” said Queen. “Plus she has Tahoe roots, which we think is really important for our brand culture and important for the community.”
The new office space, in partnership with TAHOEMADE Attire, will allow Arcade to accommodate their growing inventory and work force. With meeting rooms, storage, photography studio space and a modern office layout, the office is a reflection of the expanding market for Arcade.
“It’s pretty incredible to go from sewing belts together in our living rooms to a beautiful riverside office space like this,” Townsend said.
Arcade’s expansion mirrors the growth of other successful young retail startups founded in Tahoe like TAHOEMADE Attire, Spring Break Snowboards and Creep Co. Clothing. Queen stated, “It’s amazing to be able to base our lives and business in Tahoe. The ability to stay here and hire local talent was one of the most important goals when we started Arcade.”
To find out more about Arcade Belt Co., visit www.arcadebelts.com.