Cariloha is the only retailer in California selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA – With more than two million private businesses in California, the new Cariloha store in Solvang is one of only three Cariloha stores in the state offering an entire store experience that revolves completely around merchandise made from bamboo. Cariloha’s shirts, hats, shorts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, fitness wear, and more are all made from unique blends of bamboo fabric.
New store owners, Sandi and Jon Milby, are also long-time owners of Cariloha’s sister retail brand, Del Sol. The Cariloha store is located on Copenhagen Street, which is considered the most tourist-trafficked street in town. The Del Sol store is on Alisal Road, right around the corner from Cariloha, allowing staff members to work both retail brands and to cross-promote each others’ product lines.
Cariloha can now be found in the following three locations in California: San Francisco (Pier 39), San Diego (Gas Lamp District), and now Solvang.
“The store is beautifully designed and the staff has received several compliments from tourists walking by telling them how great the store looks and how much they’ve anticipated its opening,” said Devin Paul, Cariloha Regional Sales Director. “The local clientele is also happy to see a new, creatively designed store in the area instead of just another Solvang-souvenir-type store. After a year in the making, Jon and Sandi are really excited to have this new Cariloha store up and running.”
The Cariloha Solvang store is staffed and managed by both local employees and corporately hired interns (Chelsey Watson and Rachael Carter from Texas), who will work in the store for three to six months. Staffers encourage store visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their clothing, bed sheets, bath towels, blankets, socks and more that are all made from bamboo.
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 hypoallergenic and helps prevent skin odor and skin irritation, which comes in really handy on a hot day at the beach.
“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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