Cariloha is the only retailer in Texas selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made of viscose from bamboo.
GALVESTON, TEXAS – With almost 7 million private businesses in America, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products. Cariloha’s shirts, polos, hats, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique Cariloha Bamboo blends.
To celebrate its arrival in the Galveston community, new Cariloha store owners, Gary and Tina Stevens, are hosting a grand opening on Saturday, May 25 at their store, located at 2226 Strand St. Suite B, which is right in the heart of the Strand.
The Stevens, who reside in Mansfield, Texas, came across Cariloha and its bamboo products for the first time while on a cruise in Juneau, Alaska and in St. Thomas. They fell in love with the brand and the store experience and wanted to open a store for themselves.
“We learned that The Strand had been looking for a long time to add retailers with a unique flare to their overall shopping experience,” said Gary Stevens. “The Cariloha store was a good fit for attracting both a local and a tourist crowd to the entire area.”
The Stevens secured their lease through Ed Ayers who came down to Galveston at the right time when the leasing agent decided to split a large retail space into two stores. The Cariloha store is 900 square feet and is next door to sister brand, Del Sol, which will occupy 1,100 square feet. Both stores will be owned and operated by the Stevens and managed locally by Rebecca Beasley.
Stevens says the name, Cariloha, derives from the blending of Caribbean style with Hawaiian aloha spirit. This is embodied by the store’s exclusive collection of bamboo-based products and island-inspired wares, which are geared toward visitors looking to capture their vacation memories. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the softness and difference of their apparel, bedding and towels made from Cariloha Bamboo.
Bamboo apparel features several qualities better than cotton. Bamboo is twice as soft to the touch as cotton; it keeps you up to three degrees cooler than cotton; bamboo is naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and repels odor, which comes in really handy on a hot day on the Big Island.
“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, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first sold in 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 12 countries and continues to grow. 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 products, all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
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