• Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets

    By Nick on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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    ​As the local food movement continues to gain momentum, we have to admit: we’re completely on board. Freshly-picked and locally-grown foods are flavorful and nutrient-rich…and also work to benefit the economy and the environment.

    In cities nationwide, farmer’s markets and seasonal food stands have started to draw customers away from traditional grocery stores, enabling shoppers to build relationships with the farmers who grow their food. This got us thinking: which national markets would we want to visit?

    Of course, we couldn’t visit any of these markets without a comfortable, stylish pair of shoes to carry us from one vendor to the next. So we handpicked a pair for our future journey (and for yours, too!). 

    With exceptional arch support, a lightweight construction and a soft, cushioned ride, our Allison mule belongs on a nationwide tour—or on a quick trip to your local market. Regardless of your travels, grab a tote bag, step into Allison’s cushioned footbed and hit the road. Your taste buds (and feet) will thank you!

    Check out our five bucket-list worthy markets, from New York to Seattle.  

    Five Can’t-Miss Markets Across the USA

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      Union Square Greenmarket (New York, NY)

      A program of GrowNYC, a nonprofit organization that uses environmental programs to improve New York City’s quality of life, the Greenmarket began with 12 farmers in a Manhattan parking lot. Today, more than 54 markets operate in the city, selling goods from more than 230 farmers and fishermen. The Union Square location serves as the “Grandaddy of them all,” selling fresh-cut flowers, seasonal vegetables, homemade wine and more through 140 local vendors.

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      Crescent City Farmer’s Market (New Orleans, LA)

      For nearly 20 years, the Crescent City Farmer’s Market has served up some of New Orleans tastiest seafood, from crawfish to catfish to charbroiled oysters. If you visit on a Saturday, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the city’s “Warehouse District,” an art-centric neighborhood that many call “the SoHo of the South.” Grab a shrimp po’boy sandwich, and a bag of homemade Cajun chips, and explore this culture-rich Gulf Coast city.
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      Minneapolis Farmer's Market (Minneapolis, MN)

      Located just west of downtown Minneapolis, this festive market provides an everyday shopping alternative—and a spot for social gatherings, too! Cooking classes, concerts and other special events fill the weekend calendar, while a “Fresh and Local” podcast keeps customers informed while on the run. From fine food to fun entertainment, Minneapolis’ flagship market keeps shoppers coming back all week long.

    • Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets  - [Photo Credit: Jordan Fischer]

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      Santa Monica Farmer's Market (Santa Monica, CA)

      Widely regarded as one of the most diverse markets in the country, the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market offers a rich cultural experience in a vibrant, open-air setting. From exotic citrus fruits, to Latin music, to children’s pony rides, this California market provides an unforgettable experience for tourists and locals alike. Load up on savory snacks—and then walk a block to Santa Monica beach.

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      Pike Place Market (Seattle, WA)
       
      Overlooking the scenic Elliot Bay, and located on the edge of a steep Seattle hill, Pike Place pairs natural beauty with local food. Comic book shops, antique dealers and art merchants add variety to the market’s fresh produce and fish, helping attract more than 10 million visitors annually. Despite all of its fame, Pike Place holds true to its core value: to help shoppers “meet the producer.”
       
      Whether you explore the country in search of the very best markets, or turn your shopping routine into a local adventure, travel in all-day comfort with our contemporary Allison mule. And remember—when you shop local, you support the environment, the economy and the farmer who raised your food!
       
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  • Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries

    By Diana on Monday, August 25, 2014

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    ​At Dansko, we believe the best kind of business success happens in a positive, rewarding workplace environment. Because our employees develop a sense of belonging in this community, they tend to stick around. The result: many anniversaries to celebrate!

    Why do we recognize anniversaries, you may wonder?

    For starters, we never need an excuse to have fun. That’s a given. But we celebrate our co-workers because we understand that Dansko is bigger than ourselves. The decisions we make don’t just affect our individual role, or our particular department; they affect the company as a whole.

    So, how do we celebrate?

    We always begin by sharing a meaningful gift that tells a piece of our story. For five-year anniversaries, we give employees a ceramic bowl handcrafted by a local artisan; for ten years, we give an elegant-yet-classic watch; and for 15 years, we give a platter made of 100% recyclable materials. Sometimes touching or humorous poems accompany these gifts, while other times co-workers present thoughtful tributes. Regardless of the method, we make sure our employees feel valued and appreciated for serving Dansko.

    Recently, we recognized the anniversary of five Dansko employees. Each received a thoughtful (and in some cases, hilarious) tribute as they accepted their gift. We caught up with three of these employees to learn more about their passion for Dansko.

    Jamey M., Finance
    15 years of service
    “A lot has changed at Dansko since my journey began, yet there is a consistency about our culture that remains, which is why I am extremely proud to belong to an organization that cares about people and their community. At Dansko, we treat one another like family, working under with the mentality that we’re in this to succeed together.”
     
    Jess B., Accounts Receivable
    15 years of service
    “Watching Dansko’s growth from 19 employees to more than 170 has been such an incredible experience. Though Dansko symbolizes my ‘work life,’ its values and beliefs have molded a path for my personal life, too. I never want to leave this wonderful, healthy, happy environment, built by the finest family of professionals!”
     
    Nate B., Customer Service
    10 years of service
    “At Dansko, I have learned to think outside the box. I use this philosophy on a daily basis to ensure that our customers receive the best customer service experience possible.”
     
    Click here to learn more about our mission, values, and role as a 100% employee-owned company.
     
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  • Shop the Trend: On Active Duty

    By Nick on Thursday, August 21, 2014

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    From aluminum water bottles to comfy sneakers, we have the active trend covered. Check out our favorite items below:

    1. Yoga Mat Bag: Meet yoga’s cutest (and most functional) accessory: the mat bag. With a convenient outside pocket, sturdy construction and drawstring closure, this yoga mat carrying bag will keep you organized and ready to go, regardless of the day and time.
    From: effiehandmade

    2. Reusable Water Bottle: Never forget your H20 with this reusable aluminum water bottle. Featuring a vintage graphic of a pointed finger and an easy-on, easy-off cap, this bottle will keep you hydrated from work, to gym and beyond.  
    From: JoyMerrymanStore

    3. Elastic Hair Ties: Say goodbye to damaged, crimped hair with these playful hair ties. Whether you wear them for morning yoga or afternoon errands, these ties will keep you focused on what matters most—while adding a touch of color to your active outfit!
    From: MadebyMegToo

    4. Dansko Sabrina: Lightweight, supportive and fun to wear, Shayla offers everything you ever wanted in a sneaker—and so much more. Pick your color and enjoy comfortable travels.
    From: Dansko

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  • Momentum Magazine: 5 Ways to Incorporate Bicycling Into Your Daily Routine

    By Momentum Magazine on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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    ​Riding a bicycle is a smart, fun, easy, and stylish way to get around. The reasons for riding a bike are boundless: whether it is to improve your health, to save money, to reduce your carbon footprint, or to simply have fun.

    Finding ways to add bicycles to your daily routine is surprisingly uncomplicated. We’re not talking about long, sweaty rides in dedicated athletic clothing. A daily bicycle ride can simply take you where you need to go, from picking up fresh groceries to exploring nearby neighborhoods and parks. 
     
    At Momentum Mag, we regularly highlight how bicycles can be a part of our readers’ lives in easy, convenient and fun ways! Our positive and solutions-based editorial includes city and people profiles, style guides, smart riding solutions, family riding tips, urban bike travel, and of course, reviews and product showcases of great city bicycles and accessories that will enhance any urban lifestyle.
     
    Below, we share five ways to add a little more bike to your life:
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      Start Small
      Every day, we take small trips that can be made easy by bike. And often times, biking only marginally lengthens these five-to-ten minute trips, offering a much more enjoyable experience. Try shopping by bike or plan a bike-powered picnic on the weekend. Or, try hopping on a bike share with a daily membership, a non-committal introduction to city cycling. Finally, join a bike tour, a great way to “get to know your city” (or a new one!) with a rental bike and an enthusiastically-knowledgeable guide.

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      ​​Bike To Work
      Whether part-time, full-time, or just joining national or local Bike to Work Days, making your commute by bike can give you more energy and better prepare you for the day ahead. We recommend that you keep the trip nice and simple, and ride in a way that is comfortable for you. Special gear is rarely needed, but a few key items can help!

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      Find A Bike You Will Love
      If your bike is uncomfortable, you’ll rarely choose to ride it. Finding a comfortable bicycle, one that you will love to ride, can be fairly straightforward. A bicycle with an upright riding position lets you feel in control, is often better for your body, and has the added bonus of looking hip and stylish. If you plan to travel or mix your rides with public transit, then a folding bike may be right for you. And if you're looking for the ultimate car-replacement vehicle, there is nothing like a cargo bike.

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      Make Any Bike Excuse-Proof
      For many cyclists, the most challenging part of riding a bicycle is overcoming the excuses not to ride. The weather and the ability to carry your daily essentials are some of the most common excuses you will encounter. While it is okay to say “no” to riding in a heavy downpour, a wet ride is made more enjoyable with fenders and a chainguard that keeps grease away from your pant legs and dress hems. To carry items, a pannier bag or basket on a rear rack will act like a trunk, making unexpected purchases no problem at all.

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      Wear What You Want
      Riding a bike does not require a special wardrobe. You can ride in dresses, both short and long, and in any clothing, whether appropriate for a formal office or for laying around on the beach. You may want to avoid wide-leg trousers if your bike doesn’t have a chainguard, but our best advice is to always dress for your destination.

       
      Momentum will return in October with their second guest post. In the meantime, visit momentummag.com to subscribe to the magazine in print or digital format—and to learn more practical tips about incorporating bicycling into your daily routine.

       

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  • Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots

    By Christy on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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    Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Pennsylvania, our LEED® Gold certified headquarters perfectly illustrates our passion for sustainability—and our passion for local living! Paintings from community artists hang throughout the building, solar panels turn sun rays into electricity, and fun little details, like copper rain chains shaped like flowers, enable us to make the most of our resources.

    With these features (and so many more) in mind, we can’t help but feel privileged to work in such an inspiring space. We don’t want to take our beautiful facility for granted, so we decided to pick our five favorite spots.
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      Vegetated Roof
      When the weather feels just right, we walk up to our rooftop garden for a peaceful, sun-soaked lunch. Shrubs, grasses, flowers and other plants take up two-thirds of the roof’s surface, offering the perfect insulation for reduced heating and cooling usage. We’re thrilled to “do our part” for the environment—and we’re glad our efforts helped create the ultimate outdoor café!

       

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      Living Wall
      Stacked vertically from floor to ceiling, our living wall houses all kinds of garden life—including orchids, philodendron, ferns and other colorful plants. The living wall acts as a natural filter, improving air quality to create a clean, healthy workspace. And of course, the cascading waterfall serves as an “occasional” distraction between meetings, providing a calm, cool breather in the middle of the day.  

       

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      Outdoor Pool (with a mermaid, too)
      Just outside our front door, a mermaid sculpture watches over our grounds, sitting in the middle of a small pool. Sometimes we forget she’s there at all, though our visitors often take pictures, walk around the edge of the pool, and explore the various plants that sit by her side.

       

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      Second-Floor Balcony
      Our second-floor balcony provides a perfect view of our living wall—and offers a quiet location to gather our thoughts. Surrounded by elegant local art and fresh flowers from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, we often find ourselves sitting in this spot for a few extra minutes. After all, fresh flowers and a living wall make for a nice, relaxing break!

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      ​​Popcorn and Coffee Corner
      Sometimes we just need a salty, crunchy afternoon snack, and sometimes we just need a little caffeine! When a craving hits, we grab a fresh bag of popcorn from our vintage popcorn machine, fill our mug with warm coffee, and head back to our desk feeling satisfied and refreshed.

      To learn more about our delightful (and sustainable) facility, check out our virtual tour on Dansko.com. You’ll be glad you did! 
       

       

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      1. September 12 2014 The Birth of a Comfort Generation
      2. September 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Tuning Into Your Taste Buds
      3. September 05 2014 Staff Picks: Our Favorite Fall Styles
      4. September 04 2014 Get to Know Tamara: Our Go-To-Work or Go-Out Shoe
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      1. August 29 2014 Four Nursing Lessons and One Big Giveaway
      2. August 27 2014 Allison and the Country’s Top Food Markets
      3. August 25 2014 Recognizing our Footwear Family with Five Anniversaries
      4. August 21 2014 Shop the Trend: On Active Duty
      5. August 19 2014 Momentum Magazine: 5 Ways to Incorporate Bicycling Into Your Daily Routine
      6. August 14 2014 Touring Dansko Headquarters: Our Five Favorite Spots
      7. August 12 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Three Ways to Focus the Wandering Mind
      8. August 08 2014 The “Art” of Mneme Therapy: How Kim Ingwaldson Makes A Difference Every Day
      9. August 06 2014 Five Dancing Tips and One Stylish Sandal for your Latin Dancing Routine
      10. August 05 2014 Retailer Spotlight: Vintage and Modern Shoe Care Tips from Simons Shoes
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      1. July 30 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: A Dip & Dessert BBQ Spectacular
      2. July 28 2014 Shop the Trend: Refreshingly Cobalt
      3. July 23 2014 A Passion for Fashion: Q&A With Marcus Allen
      4. July 21 2014 Dansko and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Team Up to "Save the Bay"
      5. July 15 2014 The "Idiosyncratic Fashionistas" Weigh In: How Do You Form a Style Identity?
      6. July 11 2014 A Moment for Mindfulness: Practice in Posture, A Seated Guide to Meditation
      7. July 10 2014 Fran’s Four Fabulous and Functional Summer Hairstyles
      8. July 08 2014 10 Summer Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
      9. July 03 2014 Retailer Spotlight: 10 Paddlesport Tips from Route 96 Power and Paddle
      10. July 01 2014 The Essential Guide to your Fourth of July Tablescape
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      1. June 30 2014 In the News: Dansko Co-Founder and CEO Mandy Cabot
      2. June 27 2014 Food, Farms and Comfortable Clogs: Q&A With Cooking Light Executive Chef Anna Bullett
      3. June 24 2014 Summer Days at Dansko: Team Day 2014
      4. June 20 2014 Cabot Creamery Makes a Difference in Local Communities
      5. June 17 2014 Shop the Trend: Rooted in Vintage
      6. June 12 2014 A Moment For Mindfulness: Introducing Guest Bloggers Mindful Magazine
      7. June 10 2014 Kickstart Your Art Collection with these Five Artsy Tips
      8. June 05 2014 A Woman of Many Titles: Q&A with Image Consultant Michele Gustafson
      9. June 02 2014 Trend Alert: Your Complete Guide to Normcore
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      1. May 30 2014 Shop the Trend: Fresh and Fabulous Florals
      2. May 28 2014 10 Summer Suitcase Essentials for your Next Adventure
      3. May 22 2014 Brooklyn Chef Justin Warner Shares Three Kitchen Essentials (Hint: He wears Dansko shoes!)
      4. May 20 2014 Let Your Garden Grow: An Early June Planting Guide
      5. May 16 2014 A Month of Celebrations: Dansko Recognizes Teachers and Nurses
      6. May 14 2014 A Mixologist’s Journey: Q&A with Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler (And a Cocktail Recipe, too!)
      7. May 13 2014 Dansko Volunteers Hit the Road During "Footwear Cares" Month of Service
      8. May 08 2014 Mother's Day 2014: Why Do We Celebrate Mom?
      9. May 07 2014 Lace up Your Sneakers and Visit Our Top Walking Cities
      10. May 01 2014 Six Stretches for your Workday
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      1. April 29 2014 "America's Best Cook" Contestant Presses Onward – In Dansko Clogs!
      2. April 25 2014 A Step-By-Step Guide to Planting your Arbor Day Tree
      3. April 23 2014 Shop the Trend: Bright, Bold, Beautiful Tangerine
      4. April 21 2014 Earth Day 2014: Five Steps for Conserving Water at Home
      5. April 17 2014 Q&A with Street Style Blogger Dana Landon
      6. April 14 2014 Recipe Time: A Sweet Spring Treat from King Arthur Flour
      7. April 01 2014 10 Spring Adventures for 10 Dansko Shoes
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      1. March 28 2014 Volunteers Leave a SPLASHing Impact
      2. March 26 2014 Spotted in Dansko: Acclaimed Chef Suzanne Goin
      3. March 24 2014 Celebrating Employee Ownership with a Little Competition (And a LOT of Laughter!)
      4. March 21 2014 Suits, Sweaters and Dansko: Q&A with New York Designer Drew Villani
      5. March 20 2014 Now Introducing: Word of Foot!
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