Cariloha opens in the Shops at La Cantera this Friday, selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
SAN ANTONIO – 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 clothing, bedding, bath goods and accessories.
Cariloha’s hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, hand bags and more are all made from unique bamboo fabric blends. To celebrate its arrival in La Cantera District of San Antonio, Cariloha is giving locals and tourists alike a free bamboo lei just for visiting the store now through the end of the year.
Store owner, Amy Voltz, first visited a Cariloha store while on a Caribbean cruise. She picked up a brochure and held onto it for five months before finally contacting Cariloha. The Voltz family resides in San Antonio and wanted to open a Cariloha store in the city where they live and in a location that they love.
The Cariloha retail establishment doesn’t claim to be the ‘greenest’ store on the planet, rather a step in the right direction. “We believe the Cariloha store will benefit the local economy by adding reliable jobs, stimulating sales that increase community sales tax thus contributing to local hospitals, schools, and metropolitan health district,” said Voltz. “Environmentally friendly products, available within the community, will also help educate local and visiting customers.”
The name, Cariloha, derives from the blending of Caribbean style with Hawaiian aloha spirit. This is embodied by the store’s exclusive collection of eco-friendly bamboo products and island‐inspired wares, which attract customers who want to include comfortable, earth-friendly products into their lifestyle. Cariloha employees encourage visitors to touch and feel the soft difference of their bamboo apparel, bedding and towels for themselves.
Bamboo apparel contains several qualities that are much better than other fabrics. Bamboo is twice as soft to the touch as cotton; it keeps you up to 3 degrees cooler than cotton; bamboo is naturally antibacterial, hypoallergenic and repels odor, which comes in really 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 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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