• 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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  • The Switch to Standard Time: Ideas For Our "Extra Hour"

    By Diana on Friday, October 31, 2014

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    ​On Sunday, in the wee hours of the morning, Americans will experience an annual phenomenon with century-old roots: the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time or, for many of us, the night that gifts an extra hour of sleep. In the spirit of remembering to adjust every clock in the house before bedtime, we decided to add a playful twist to the fall tradition. What if we chose not to sleep with our extra hour, and instead decided to make productive use of our time? What would we do?

    We asked a few of our co-workers that very same question. From playing the banjo to drinking pumpkin spiced lattes, they came up with a handful of insightful ideas. Take a look below—and don’t forget to adjust your clock!
     
    Jamey M., Finance: “You may be quite surprised at the additional activities just one additional hour could mean for my household this weekend. We plan to fit in trick or treating, a back yard fire pit complete with apple bobbing, a friendly paintball war and football Sunday, just to name a few!” 
     
    Jonathan S., Design: “I’m trying to learn how to play the banjo — so I’d spend my extra hour with Craig, my jovial banjo instructor!”
     
    Briana S., Marketing: “With my extra hour I’m going to start making a healthy breakfast and coffee at home! It’s a great way to save money and time during my daily commute.”
     
    Melissa S., Customer Service: “I would love to say that I would use this extra hour to help organize my life. But instead, I will most likely utilize my time picking up dolls and cars while staring at 36 clocks around the house determining if that’s the ‘real time’ or the forgotten clock in need of a change.  Oh, but I will savor the unclaimed hour with a pumpkin spiced latte!”
     
    Scott R., Sourcing: “In honor of Halloween, I want to paint skulls on my clogs. But before I start, I’ll need to practice, practice, practice!”
     
    Tracy C., Company Store: “With my extra hour, I am hoping to enjoy an extra cup of coffee in the sunroom before my girl wakes up!”
     
    Jon C., Information Technology: “I will probably spend the morning running around and getting ready for Sunday football—just to realize that I still have another hour to go.”
     
    Lisa B., Sales: “I’m excited about the switch to Standard Time because I’ll have extra time to take a morning walk. But because it’ll still be dark in the morning, I’ll probably just stay inside!”
     
    Ed H., Customer Service: “I’m going to enjoy the sunrise while walking my dog. I’m sure he’ll enjoy it, too!” 

    What will you do with your extra hour? We won't blame you if you decide to sleep--but just think about the possibilities!
     
    To learn more about our footwear family, visit Dansko.com/AboutUs.

     

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  • Dogs & Clogs: Recommendations from the Experts

    By Nick on Friday, October 03, 2014

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    ​Around our headquarters in West Grove, PA, it has become commonplace to hear dogs barking as they march up the stairs and see dogs walking as they tour our campus. Sure, we love our shoes, but we also love our dogs.

    Early this fall, we decided to interview five of our co-workers’ four-legged friends to ask one simple question: “Which pair of clogs would you recommend for your owner?” We received a variety of answers, from the playful Petwer Patent Professional to the performance-rich Chestnut Vine ProXP. And along the way, we learned a little something about what it means to be a dog…

    ...If they could wear clogs, we imagine they would!

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      BUDDY

      Favorite Snack: Green Beans … without the ends, of course
      Favorite Walk: The dog park with my tail-wagging friends   
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Professional in Pewter Patent

      “I like the simple things in life. You know, big sticks, dog biscuits, walks through the city. So for my owner, I would recommend a simple clog with a little “pizazz.” Bingo! The Professional clog in Pewter Patent.”  

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      RICHIE AND FIONA

      Favorite Snack: Brussels sprouts – we need our vitamins!
      Favorite Walk: Chasing our tails through the garden
      For Our Owner, we would recommend … Professional in Silver Floral Patent

      “Look at us: we’re lean, mean and ready for our next workout. For our owner, we recommend the Sliver Floral Patent Professional. Why? The flowers remind us of the garden, the garden reminds us of healthy foods, healthy foods remind us of staying fit, and … you get the picture.”

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      8-BIT

      Favorite Snack: Bacon-flavored Dog Biscuits
      Favorite Walk: Trails by the creek (I’m a stick eater)
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Professional in Black Bullhide

      "When I hit the great outdoors, I don’t like to be tied down. I just want to roam and smell and bark without anybody calling my name. So naturally, I would reccommend a pair of Professional clogs in Black Bullhide. A tough, durable shoe built for life with a tough, durable dog.”

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      DEUCE

      Favorite Snack: Apples, but only the yellow ones
      Favorite Walk: Big, open fields so I can chase the birds
      For My Owner, I would recommend … Shannon in Natural Milled Nubuck

      “My friends always rave about my soft, cuddly fur and big old paws. What can I say—I’m a classic beauty. For my owner, I would recommend a nice heritage clog: Shannon in Natural Milled Nubuck. Come on, look at that tassel…”

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      TUCKER

      Favorite Snack: Peanut butter-filled bones
      Favorite Walk: Time trials around the Dansko parking lot
      For My Owner, I would recommend … ProXP in Chestnut Vine Leather

      “Let’s be honest—I’ve been around this game for some time; I’m wiser (and wiser looking) than ever before. So for my owner, I would recommend a vintage style with some serious performance—the ProXP in Chestnut Vine Leather.”

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  • Dansko and the Monarch Butterfly Lifecycle

    By Nick on Thursday, October 02, 2014

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    ​When we walk around our LEED® Gold certified headquarters, we often feel like we’re trekking through the woods. Our living wall boasts more than a dozen plant species, our vegetated roof sports a thick layer of shrubs and grasses, and our parking lot directs runoff into a nearby stream (cool, huh?). 

    Late this summer, the natural beauty of our campus shed light on a beautiful natural process: the butterfly life cycle. That’s right—just outside the doors of our Distribution Center, nearly a dozen caterpillars formed their chrysalises, or the hardened outer layer that starts their transition from caterpillar to butterfly. Our team of coworkers documented the process from start to finish.

    A few weeks ago, we noticed a crew of Monarch butterflies swarming around our milkweed plants. The beautiful orange-and-black-patterned butterflies immediately caught our attention, so we decided to cue into the process. Before long, the butterflies laid their eggs on our milkweed, giving life to several black-and-white-banded caterpillars.  Finally, after feasting on our milkweed for several weeks, these caterpillars gradually formed their emerald-green chrysalises, preparing for life as Monarch butterflies.

    These green cases hung from our outdoor artwork until the caterpillars emerged, one-by-one, as breath-taking butterflies. And just like that, our Distribution Center served as the sight of butterfly birth, from tiny larvae to full-fledged Monarch.

    At times, we walk from meeting to meeting without stopping to notice the natural beauty that surrounds us. And then, when we least expect it, nature gives us a bold example of its stunning behind-the-scenes processes.

    To learn more about our LEED® Gold certified facilities, and take a “guided tour” of their sustainable features, visit Dansko.com

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      ​[Photo Credit: Brian Gartside]

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      2. December 17 2014 Holiday DIY: All Wrapped Up in Holiday Cheer
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