Bearpaw Makes Retail Mark
Bearpaw is putting its footprint on retail. Bearpaw Footwear recently bowed its first retail store in Citrus Heights, Calif. The store is designed to capture the feel of a ski lodge, with wood paneled ceilings, slate floors, wrought iron chandeliers, leather furniture, and a stone fireplace. The collection of restaurants and shops near the new store is being dubbed Bearpaw Village. And while the store will serve as a platform to showcase the brand’s products, CEO Tom Romeo also hopes it will help the local economy. “I am viewing the opening of our first retail store as an opportunity to inject vitality into the adjacent businesses by assisting them with renovations and other changes that will bring them into the Bearpaw Village theme,” he said in a statement. “Our vision is that Bearpaw Village will embody the ski chalet vibe and that our store and the surrounding businesses will be places that people come to for relaxation and enjoyment.”
Vegan Footwear Site Launches
A new website is taking a kindly approach to fashion footwear. VeganChic.com, which launched earlier this month, offers an array of footwear and apparel for men, women and children, all of which are made from non-animal materials. “Many people love animals, and we believe they would wear cruelty-free products if they were presented with options that do not make them compromise on quality or style,” co-founder Mark Mulcahy said in a statement. “We provide a great selection of vegan fashion products at extremely affordable pricing while committing to excellent customer service and the ethical treatment of animals.” Brands on the site range include Olsen Haus, Madden Girl and Earth.
Patagonia Hits The Second City
Patagonia last week bowed its second Chicago-based store on the city’s Magnificent Mile at 48 East Walton St. The store stocks the brand’s full assortment of footwear, apparel and technical garments for skiing and snowboarding. “We … look forward to being just as involved in this community as we are at our Lincoln Park location,” said head of marketing Vickie Achee in a press release.
REI Grows Store Count
REI is on the move. The retailer last week announced plans to open new stores in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Medford, Ore., and to relocate its existing 21,000-sq.-ft. store in Carey, N.C. to a larger 27,200-sq.-ft. space in the same city. The larger store will allow the retailer to increase its product offering in footwear, among other categories.