Photo Credit: Adrienne Cooper | Founder Moon Boot
Meet The 25-Year-Old Behind This Black-Owned Roller Skate Brand
Adrienne Cooper is the founder of Moonlight Roller Skates. What started out as a hobby has turned into a fast-selling brand that’s hard to get your hands on.
“I started skating again as a hobby, a few years ago, and I really fell in love with the community,” she told Travel Noire in an interview.
From there, Cooper then had her sights on launching an adult roller lounge in Chattaanooga for adults 21 and older. While developing the lounge, she started Moonlight x Mobile while the lounge was in its development stages.
But then the pandemic hit.
“We had to cancel all of our upcoming events so, we just had the skate that we had been working on for our rental,” she said.
With no events planned, she had to get creative. Originally purposed for rentals are now skates that can be purchased. As soon as she told them, the skates went viral.
In an interview with Travel Noire, Cooper discussed her reaction to the love and support from the community and what’s next for Moonlight:
Travel Noire: Your skates are selling like crazy. What’s your reaction to the support?
Cooper: Honestly, I’m still in disbelief. It’s very humbling. It shows that if you really love something and have a lot of passion behind it, everything will work itself out. You can do so much with hard work and determination.
Travel Noire: What is the ultimate goal for your brand?
Cooper: My long term goal for Moonlight is not really for the brand itself to be a household name, but for rollerskating to be a household activity – especially for adults.
Travel Noire: Where do you plan to open your first adult-only roller rink?
Cooper: Chattanooga. We don’t have an official opening day as we’re currently looking for a location. We’re going through the process right now of looking at financing options, checking out our budget, and seeing when we can realistically get it open. The goal is to open in 2021.