Cariloha is the only retailer in the state of Maine selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE – With nearly 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 hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique bamboo blends.
To celebrate its arrival into the New England marketplace, Cariloha is giving all customers a free bamboo lei just for stopping by the new store, located on 134 Main Street in the heart of Bar Harbor’s shopping central. The Cariloha store is just a short drive away from nearby Acadia National Park, Cadillac Mountain, Bar Island, Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater and many other Bar Harbor attractions.
“Anyone visiting Bar Harbor, looking for something unique to purchase and to do, can’t believe how soft and cool the bamboo products are, and they can truly feel the difference for themselves,” said Jane Stackhouse, Cariloha store owner. “With the temperatures being so hot up here in Bar Harbor lately, the bamboo clothing’s coolness feature, which helps keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, has been appealing to a lot of our adult customers.”
Stackhouse has high hopes that Cariloha will provide something different to any Bar Harbor visitor, specifically, everything in the store is made from bamboo. “It gives the tourist one more reason to come into the store and have that great experience,” Stackhouse said. “Those who truly know quality will love the entire package of the bamboo goods being soft, cool, clean and green, too.”
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.
“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.”
The Cariloha bamboo store shares half of its retail space with sister brand, Del Sol, which is a completely separate retailer that’s all about clothing and accessories that change color with sunlight. Stackhouse said that the Cariloha portion of her store has enabled her to hire a few more local employees, and she believes her bamboo product mix brings more variety and volume to the meager men’s clothing offering found in Bar Harbor these days.
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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