• Retailer Spotlight: Exploring the Lone Star State with Whole Earth Provision Co.

    By Nick on Friday, December 05, 2014

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    Way back in 1970, when leisure suits first emerged and skirts fell to the ankle, Jack and Linda Jones launched a company with roots beyond retail. Their store, named Whole Earth Provision Co., was inspired by the Whole Earth Catalog, a collection of short book descriptions and tools that offered a complete view of the world’s inner-workings. Thanks to the Jones family, shoppers could actually lay there hands on books and tools featured in the Whole Earth Catalog, an absolute dream come true for the catalog’s loyal fans.

    Over the ensuing three years, the Jones’ continued to add more and more items to their shelves, ultimately outgrowing their retail location. Eventually, the couple moved into a larger store around the corner, making room for more clothing, hammocks, outdoor gear, canoes, kayaks and eventually, Dansko shoes.

    Today, more than four decades removed from a small store in Austin, Whole Earth Provision Co. continues to excite customers, operating nine stores in five Texas cities: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake. Along the way, the store has supported nonprofits large and small, including the Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society and Hill Country Conservancy. From cleaning local rivers and parks to teaching outdoor classes for children, Whole Earth Provision Co. strives to serve others through local philanthropy. 

    In the spirit of the store’s passion for adventure, we decided to offer three compelling reasons to visit the Lone Star state (aside from the opportunity to shop at Whole Earth Provision Co., of course). Take a look below—and start planning your adventure.

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      You Can: Hike for Miles

      With 13 National parks and dozens of caverns, canyons and rocks to explore, Texas is a dreamland for outdoor enthusiasts. Of course, you’ll have to make a shortlist—ours includes Enchanted Rock, an enormous pink dome that rises out of Central Texas, and the rivers of Big Bend National Park, which meander through stunning limestone canyons—though your list will give you countless reasons to return again. Hike, camp, backpack and study the wildlife, all on one outdoor adventure. 

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      You Can: Experience the History

      “It’s like a whole other country,” Texans say. Well, we believe it: from the unforgettable Alamo to the Fort Worth Stockyards, a historical district filled with rodeos, a massive honky-tonk and a railroad tour, Texas’ historical sites never get old. And many of them, including the Stockyards’ famous cattle drive, make the state so appealingly unique.

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      You Can: Dance Across Texas

      If music festivals didn’t originate in Texas, the state simply found a way to turn the experience into a national pastime. From Wild, Wild West Fest to the Austin City Limits Music Festival, music aficionados uncover countless opportunities to “put on their dancing shoes” and move to the music. But even on quieter weekends, Texans keep movin’ and groovin’. From dance halls to vintage saloons, dancing plays an integral role in the state’s culture. Go ahead—join the fun!

      Can’t make the trek to Texas? No problem! Visit WholeEarthProvision.com for a list of outdoor websites, green resources, captivating videos and more.

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  • Retailer Spotlight: Heading West with Schnee's Shoes

    By Nick on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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    ​Born from the hands of a vintage cobbler, Dansko retailer Schnee’s Shoes has developed a comfortable niche in the bustling town of Bozeman, Montana. Offering sporting goods and apparel for hiking, running, hunting and everyday traveling, the versatile retailer outfits outdoorsy Montanans from head to toe—and from fingers to ears!

    We recently had the opportunity to chat with Curt Smith, Schnee’s Footwear President, about his store’s presence in Bozeman, a town fit for the rugged and adventurous. We have to admit—we’re intrigued by Bozeman’s stunning mountainscapes and outdoorsy feel. And, with warm winter jackets and cozy winter hats, think we could probably handle the town’s single-digit temperatures.

    Just ahead of the winter tourist season, we decided to create a travel guide for visiting “Big Sky Country.” Thanks to Curt and his passion for Bozeman, our list includes a number of must-see destinations—and a handful of valuable tips and tricks. Go ahead … see for yourself!

    1. Fly into Bozeman: The town they once called “Valley of the Flowers” sports a vibrant downtown, complete with a prominent shopping scene, alluring art culture and, best of all, a selection of can’t-miss restaurants. Eat, sleep, and prepare for your trip to Yellowstone in a town that “never skips a beat.”

    2. Hike the Local Mountains: Travel from friendly Bozeman to countless nearby ranges, including Beartooth Pass, Bridger Range and the Spanish Peaks. Whether you’re ready for a casual stroll or an expert hike, you’ll find a suitable adventure in Bozeman’s backyard.

    3. Travel by Train: From sweeping prairies to densely-packed forests, Montana has a lot to see. What better way to soak in the sights than traveling by train? Pack your camera and board the Empire Builder, a train that starts in Chicago, spans the length of Montana, and stops in Seattle.  

    4. Visit Yellowstone National Park: Though many tourists flock to the Western Wonder in spring and fall, Curt recommends visiting in winter, when snowy landscapes, steaming geyser basins and rare wildlife take over. For the easiest commute, enter Yellowstone through Livingston, a town located just west of Bozeman. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled—you just may see a bison!

    5. Travel to Glacier National park: If you’re willing to make the six-hour trek from Bozeman to Glacier National Park, you’ll have the opportunity to relive the past, experiencing historic chalets, lodges and Native American folktales. And, according to Curt, the high peaks resemble the Swiss Alps. We think it’s worth your while!

    If you can’t make the trip to Bozeman, we encourage you to experience a taste of Montana by visiting Schnee’s Shoes at Schnees.com. Or, to find a Dansko retailer near you, click the “Find A Retailer” link on the top of this page.

    [Photo Credit: Schnee's]

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      Logan Pass, Glacier National Park ​[Photo Credit: MONGO, via Wiki Commons; license]

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      Yellowstone National Park [Photo Credit, Left: Citypeek, via Wiki Commons; license], [Photo Credit, Right: Apollomelos, via Wiki Commons; license]

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  • Retailer Spotlight: Vintage and Modern Shoe Care Tips from Simons Shoes

    By Meghan on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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    ​Located just west of Boston, Massachusetts in historic Coolidge Corner, Dansko retailer Simons Shoes has developed a rich history of serving local (and faraway) shoppers. The acclaimed shoe store has sold “luxurious comfort shoes” and delivered exceptional customer service for 122 years, offering style and value in every pair sold. Over the past century, the business has changed drastically, though owner Michael Kerstein holds tightly to Simons’ core value:

    “It’s all about doing the little things correctly,” he said. “Customers walk in with expectations, and we must meet or exceed them in every way possible.”

    For Michael and the Simons team, personalized, neighborly service has launched the store into one of Boston’s favorite local boutiques. Sales associates hit the floor equipped to answer questions about styles, trends and shoe care, and never let customers leave without double-checking shoe fit and comfort.

    Of course, this wealth of shoe knowledge didn’t develop overnight: Michael and Simons’ previous owners have stayed on top of industry trends since the store opened in 1892. In Michael’s words, Simons employs “shoe history buffs.”

    Recently, the store discovered a non-traditional list of shoe care tips, dating back to their first year of business. Surprised (and amused), Michael shared the list with us—and added his own modern-day interpretation. Interested in stretching your shoes in the freezer? You may want to think again!  

    Four Vintage Shoe Care Tips (and their Modern-Day Alternatives)
    From Simons Shoes

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      1892: To clean dirt off suede, remove the crust from a piece of bread and allow the bread to become stale. Gently rub dirt and stains with the edge of the stale bread.

      2014: No one likes stale bread, including your gorgeous new suede heels! Simons Says: Clean shoes with a suede bar and brush.
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      1915: Break in stiff or too-snug shoes by slipping them on with socks and blow-drying your feet with a hot hairdryer.

      2014: Using a hairdryer will only cause your feet to sweat and swell! Simons Says: Treat those shoes with an oil leather softener and conditioner.

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      1922: To stretch tight shoes, fill two freezer bags with water and place one bag into each shoe. Let the bags freeze overnight. As the water freezes, your shoes will gently expand.

      2014: It seems cruel and unusual to punish those new wedges by making them spend a night in the freezer. Simons Says: A shoe stretch spray will do the trick. Or, you can always bring your shoes into Simons Boston-based store to have them carefully stretched.

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      1933: Glass cleaner restores the glossy sheen on patent leather without damaging the material.

      2014: Though glass cleaner may not harm your pretty patent shoes, you don't want that lovely aroma following you around, do you? Simons Says: Try a patent cleaner for an odorless shine.

      In this case, what’s old is not new again! For more information about Simons Shoes, visit their website at SimonsShoes.com.
       

      Dansko does not endorse or suggest the use of bread (stale or fresh), blow dryers or glass cleaner on your shoes. But we do have our very own list of shoe care tips! Learn more by visiting the Material Care section of Dansko.com.

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  • Retailer Spotlight: 10 Paddlesport Tips from Route 96 Power and Paddle

    By Meghan on Thursday, July 03, 2014

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    Located just 30 minutes south of Ithaca, NY and the scenic Cayuga Lake, Dansko Retailer Route 96 Power and Paddle outfits nearly every outdoor explorer. And by every, we mean kayakers, paddleboarders and boaters during the summer months and skiers, snowshoers and sledders during the winter months. If you’re itching to experience the great outdoors—or looking for a comfortable new pair of Dansko shoes—they have you covered.
     
    To complement their extensive gear selection, Route 96 Power and Paddle offers in-depth lessons for up-and-coming kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders. So we connected with Operations Manager Ian Barrett-Sargent to learn a few top tips for this summer’s most popular paddlesports… just in time for sun-soaked days on your local river, lake, ocean or stream. Hint: be prepared to get wet!
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      ​1. From oceans to rapids to rivers and streams, you’ll find a kayak for every body of water—and every body type. Before making your first purchase, identify which body of water suits you and consult a kayak expert.

      2. When tying your kayak to a roof rack, make sure to carefully follow the correct procedure before driving away. Even the heaviest kayaks can break loose while in transit!

      3. To carry your kayak from your car to the water, use the side of the cockpit as a handle. If you employ a second person to help you, use the handles in the front and back for easy transportation.

      4. Once you’re ready to launch, enter your kayak from the back or the side using the paddle and shore for stability. If you’re looking an easy-to-enter kayak option, try a stable sit-on-top.

      5. Offset your paddle by adjusting the center for right-and-left handed paddlers. Once you do, you may find it easier to paddle in a straight line.

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      ​1. Much like kayaking, you’ll want to select the right size board for your height and weight. Because your board’s width will determine stability, pick a board that measures at least 30 inches across.

      2. Before you bring your board into the ocean, practice in a nearby lake or pond. Flat water provides greater predictability for beginners.

      3. Hold your paddle with your arms straight (especially your bottom arm) with the blade pointing forward. The blade of the paddle is “canted” (or bent) to increase paddling efficiency.

      4. To maintain your balance, always keep your head up and your eyes looking toward the horizon.

      5. Get ready to have fun—and be prepared to fall in!

      This summer, we hope you find time to stand atop a paddleboard or sit inside a kayak. If you do, make sure to incorporate Ian’s top tips! For more information about Route 96 Power and Paddle, visit their website at powerandpaddle.com.

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