Cariloha is the only retailer in the Bahamas selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
Freeport, Grand Bahamas – This weekend, Cariloha opened a new store in the cruise ship destination of Freeport on the island of Grand Bahamas of the northwest Bahamas. Cariloha Freeport is the only retailer in the Bahamas that sells exclusively clothing, bedding, accessories and bath goods that are made from eco-friendly bamboo.
New store owners and managers, David and Paula Fingland, see a lot of opportunity in Freeport, especially with the flood of customers who have already come out during the store’s soft opening to see what Cariloha is all about. This is the second Cariloha store in the Bahamas, the first being in the popular cruise ship port of Nassau.
The store is located in the Freeport Grand Bahama Cruise Harbor – about 30 feet from the docked cruise ships. “Freeport is going to be a great location for us,” said Landon John, Cariloha Regional Sales Director. “It’s a more modern island and has a great infrastructure, and we’re thrilled to be in an A+ location that gets more than 300 promoted cruise ship visits per year.”
The Cariloha store shares the same square footage with its sister brand, Del Sol. Both retail brands are merchandised in their own distinct space, which helps tailor each brand’s shopping experiences to its own clientele. In Cariloha’s case, it’s all about bamboo, and the store colors and product mix clearly support that theme.
“Bamboo is something we can all live with, and it’s a positive addition to the Grand Bahamas tourism industry,” said John. “Cariloha’s use of this unique, renewable resource illustrates our desire to boost the Caribbean economy and to reduce our carbon footprint along the way.”
All Cariloha guests receive a free bamboo lei (necklace) just for stopping by the store, which helps proliferate the bamboo, eco-friendly attitude even more. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.
Bamboo apparel features several qualities that make it a superior fabric. It’s twice as soft to touch as cotton and keeps you a few degrees cooler. It’s naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and helps prevent skin odor and skin irritation, which comes in really handy on another beautiful day here in San Diego.
“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle somewhere likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO. “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be husked and separated into ultra-soft fabric for making apparel and other goods at little-to-no risk on the environment. In fact, some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet per day. It’s one of the most renewable resources on the planet.”
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in nine countries and growing. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
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