By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Dec 12, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Ice skating is no fun with dull-bladed skates, so get them sharpened every year at one of these local places.

It’s quick, cheap and will greatly improve your speed and agility. Sharp blades also make the hot cocoa taste better after the rink time. Actually, that’s not true, but sharpen ‘em anyway.

Bliffert Hardware
1014 E. Chambers St., (414) 264-5700

Bliffert is one of the last – if not the last – hardware store in Milwaukee that sharpens skates. The cost is $10. Drop them off and pick up within a day or two.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hockey Locker 
2002 W. Howard Ave., (414) 800-7585

Hockey Locker sharpens hockey and figure skates while you wait. It’s $15 for new skates and $5 to resharpen skates.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Julie R Dance & Skate 
(Inside the Pettit National Ice Center)
500 S. 84th St., (414) 475-1112

Unless it’s extremely bust, you can have your skates sharpened here while you wait (but call ahead to make certain). The cost is $11 for entry level, recreational skates and $17.95 for higher-end and professional skates.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Friday.

Slice of Ice in Red Arrow Park
920 N. Water St., (414) 289-8791

Skate sharpening is available on site, but only for recreational skates – not hockey or professional skates. The cost is $6.

Hours: The rink is open every day at 11 a.m., weather pending. Check the website for certainty.

Wilson Ice Arena 
4001 S. 20th St., (414) 281-6289

Call ahead to assure skate sharpening is available that day. If so, the cost is $6.

Hours: Monday-Thursday from noon to 3:30 p.m.; Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.