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Roller Skating Rink Opens in Murrieta

EPiC Rollertainment was designed to bring relevant and fun entertainment to Southwest Riverside County residents of all ages.

Skaters and rollerbladers of all ages groove around the rink at EPiC Rollertainment in Murrieta, Dec. 23, 2013. (Photo by Maggie Avants)
Skaters and rollerbladers of all ages groove around the rink at EPiC Rollertainment in Murrieta, Dec. 23, 2013. (Photo by Maggie Avants)

A roller skating rink that opened Sunday in southwest Riverside County was already buzzing with activity Monday.

Owned and operated by husband and wife, Joe and Shauna Grammatico, of Murrieta, EPiC Rollertainment is now open at 39809 Avenida Acacias, Suite K in Murrieta. In a 28,000-square-foot facility that once housed a furniture store, it’s the fulfillment of Shauna’s lifelong dream that began when as a teenager, she worked at a Phoenix, Ariz. roller skating rink.

Murrieta is the lucky recipient of that dream, most would agree.

“I am visiting family who lives in Murrieta and they have been waiting anxiously for this place to open,” said Angelica Bays, 48, of San Diego, as she balanced herself in a pair of roller skates.

“The last time I went roller skating was 30 years ago,” said Bays, who was at EPiC to help celebrate her niece, Hannah Smith’s, 13th birthday.

The rink held a soft opening over the weekend, and word spread fast throughout Murrieta and neighboring communities. An adult skate session was held Sunday night for those 18 and older. On Monday, the rink held a holiday hours session from noon to 4 p.m. for local schoolchildren who are on winter break. Holiday sessions will continue throughout the break.

Eight-year-old Devyn Van Riper and her sister, 10-year-old Rylee, of Menifee, were at the rink Sunday and Monday with their father.

“It is really awesome!” said Devyn. “It is better than any other rink I’ve been to.”

Rylee chimed in to say she likes the “disco balls and all the lights.” The rink’s beach theme was also a hit in Rylee’s eyes.

In addition to an 11,000-square-foot wooden rink, EPiC includes a play area for younger children, a food truck-style snack bar built inside a 1970s-model step van, a prize counter, an arcade, a retail skate shop, three party rooms, lockers for customers’ belongings, a Wi-fi area and ample seating throughout.

About 75 employees—mostly part-time—were hired and trained to work in various positions throughout the venue.

It is all a dream come true for Shauna, whose goal of opening the rink launched into high gear about three years ago when the couple hired Bill Carlson, a seasoned consultant familiar with the business.

“I felt she had a vision of what the new age of roller skating would be, so I said ‘I can help you but you’ve got to put in the work,” Carlson told Patch. “And she never wavered.”

Carlson said consistent with the Grammatico's vision, EPiC offers the nostalgia associated with roller skating rinks combined with activities appealing to today's society.

Six months after city approval was obtained—and many late-night phone calls later, according to Carlson—EPiC’s doors have opened.

“We really looked at the demographics of Murrieta because we wanted to offer something for all ages,” Shauna said.

In addition to daily skate sessions, EPiC is planning a New Year’s Eve celebration. In January, an official grand opening will be held.

For more information, visit Epicrollertainment.com.

southernbelle December 23, 2013 at 10:08 PM
YES!!! we've been waiting…actually were just talking about this today when we went to the slushy ice rink (darn hot weather) in Temecula. Can't wait to visit! so fun!!
Celiana Dash Kitty Thompson December 23, 2013 at 10:21 PM
I love that they sell our roller derby league's merchandise! The Wine Town Rollers love EPiC! I can't wait to skate there!
LM December 23, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Yay for these people! I hope that their business does well, I have been waiting for a rink here for years and I am thrilled at this couple has put their passion into bringing the rollerrink culture to Murrieta!
kentswife December 23, 2013 at 11:16 PM
It Is SUPER fun!
Aaron Powers December 24, 2013 at 09:31 AM
Roll over to the side, Tony Manero, here I come!
Michael Crawford December 24, 2013 at 11:35 AM
So glad to hear they have finally opened. I grew up on roller skates and it was so much fun. Although I am 60 years old, I'm going to check this place out and maybe even put on some skates and see if I can still do it.
MonaRoloson December 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I want to go now. Been waiting for this place to open.

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