Cariloha is the only retailer in Florida selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA – With more than 1.5 million businesses in the state of Florida, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products. Cariloha’s hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique bamboo blends.
The new 840-square-foot store is independently owned by owner-operators, Randy Williams and Cindy Rush, who moved to Florida from Michigan years ago in search of beautiful beaches and warmer weather. Cariloha is located in Pier Park, which is surrounded by numerous resorts, hotels and popular restaurants; e.g., Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, etc.
The Cariloha retail establishment doesn’t claim to be the ‘greenest’ store on the planet, but, rather a step in the right direction. “The store will bring something unique and enjoyable to the area,” said Randy Williams, store owner. “During the tourist season, we’re confident that the Cariloha store will not only generate business for the store itself, but also for stores in the surrounding areas. Several neighboring states’ customers are within a short drive of our store, which will have a positive effect on sales.”
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 products and island-inspired wares, which are sure to attract visitors looking to capture their Florida vacation memories. Cariloha Panama City Beach staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of the apparel, bedding and towels for themselves.
“In addition to the tourists, the local residents and customers have already shown excitement for the new Cariloha store, which is very reassuring as a business owner,” said Williams. “Having an earth-friendly bamboo store in an area that’s known for amazing beaches and water activities, including being one of the top 10 nicest beach locations in the country, made a lot of sense to us.”
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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