International retailer, Cariloha, opened a second store on the island of Curacao in the Punda quarter, selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo viscose.
CURACAO – Cariloha announced the opening of its second retail store on the island of Curacao within the Punda quarter of capital city, Willemstad, about five minutes from the cruise ship dock along Sint Anna Bay. The new store is approximately 800 square feet and is located less than a mile from the first store in the Otrobanda quarter. This newest Cariloha store is adjacent to sister brand, Del Sol, which is a separate retailer selling clothing and accessories that change colors with sunlight.
Cariloha has been rapidly expanding its international and domestic presence for the past six years now with 14 corporately owned and 33 independently owned stores in 14 countries. Cariloha stores are found in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Honduras, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Antigua, Bonaire and various cities throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.
Additional Cariloha store openings are planned in November and December 2014 and quarter one of 2015 in Salt Lake City, St. Kitts, Los Angeles, Houston, and many more. These independently owned stores will be operated by licensed, contracted partners of Cariloha, LLC.
Cariloha Curacao Punda store owners, Isaac and Omer Grynsztein, first discovered the Cariloha and Del Sol retail brands more than 10 years ago and now own and operate 12 stores throughout the Caribbean. Having offices and permanent residences in Curacao for several generations, the Grynsztein family deeply understands the market and clientele of this Southern Caribbean Island, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (formerly the Netherlands Antilles).
“While still being close to the cruise ship port, Punda remains a very quaint historic town with many restaurants and shops, which is a great fit for this new Cariloha stores,” said Adam Wood, Cariloha Regional Sales Director. “The Curacao Punda stores will also give many of the island’s hotel guests a chance to shop at Del Sol and Cariloha.”
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.
Cariloha’s bamboo apparel contains several unique properties that attract customers to its fabrics. Bamboo is twice as soft to the touch as cotton and keeps you up to 3 degrees cooler than cotton. It also naturally repels odor, wicks away moistures and is hypoallergenic, which comes in handy on a hot day.
“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 3 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 14 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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