My Minnetonka Story: Jodi Hammond
What was your first pair of Minnetonka mocs?
White Boat Sole Thunderbirds!
When did you receive your first pair of Minnetonka mocs?
Each year either my Mother or my Grandmother would take me to an adorable set of shops in Nisswa, MN to go shopping for the day. There were stores with trinkets, clothes, hardware, games, candy, ice cream and, well I could go on. One of my favorite shops is called The Totem Pole, it’s still there today, and they sell little toys, moccasins and other goods.
My Mother would walk around in white leather Minnetonka Thunderbirds all the time and as all little girls do, they want to be just like their moms. I would get new ones each year as I grew to match hers and they were always in white. I thought white was the most girly because there weren’t pink ones then, even though I’d run around and get them dirty all the time.
What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka moccasins?
My Grandmother has always been a great teacher of all things natural; one of my favorite things to do with her every year was go blueberry picking and my moccasins were always leading the way. We’d drive up to Northern Minnesota and slowly crawl down the dirt trails to beautiful mossy tree groves and pick them wild. We even met up with a few curious bears from time to time and would quickly rustle to the car! On the way out of the trail she’d stop and point out animal tracks in the dirt. We’d end up with buckets full and would make jams, syrups and yummy pancakes.
How far have you and your Minnetonka mocs traveled?
I haven’t traveled far and wide, but my favorite places to wear my moccasins have always been right in my backyard. We lived right on the Mississippi River and had a small lake home up North, so I’d always be tromping around in the dirt or playing in the sand; what else is a girl with three brothers to do! I love exploring parks and hiking trails in my moccasins.
Describe your Minnetonka style.
During the week I like to go more vintage for work and my mocs help add comfort, texture, color and style. On the weekend I like to dress more boho earthbound and my mocs keep me going on my adventures of thrifting or exploring outdoors. You can dress them up or dress them down and they’re perfect with jeans or a pretty dress.
Tell us your Minnetonka story!
Do you remember your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins? Are you a lifelong Minnetonka fan? Tell us your Minnetonka story!
We would love to hear your Minnetonka memories. Please answer the following questions, sharing your Minnetonka story with us.
- What was your first pair of Minnetonka moccasins or boots?
- Where were your first pair of Minnetonka mocs purchased?
- What is your favorite memory involving your Minnetonka mocs?
- How far have you and your Minnetonka mocs traveled? (i.e. Coolest city you’ve visited in the world wearing your Minnetonka’s)
- Describe your Minnetonka style.
Email us your story along with a photo of yourself (past or present) in your Minnetonkas at myminnetonkastory@
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- Email your story to myminnetonkastory@
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- One entry per person
- Sorry, but you must live in the US or Puerto Rico, and you must be 18 or older
- Minnetonka will select one story to spotlight the first and third week of each month.
- If your story is selected, you will be notified in advance. Upon submission you release all provided materials to Minnetonka for potential use on the Minnetonka Moccasin blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Winners will have their choice of moccasins or slippers. Prizes will be mailed within 2 weeks of story spotlight.
Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Spruce Hurricane 2655 Main St North Conway, NH
Today we are excited to spotlight Spruce Hurricane on the Minnetonka Store Spotlight. Check out our Q&A with owner Amber Dalton to learn more about Spruce Hurricane and their Minnetonka story!
What is your Minnetonka story?
The history of Spruce Hurricane and Minnetonka began with my grandparent’s trading post in the small western Maine town of Waterford. They carried the line long before I can remember, and it was always at staple at their store, Kimball’s Trading Post. Years later in June of 1992, my mom and I opened our store Spruce Hurricane. The concept was to combine my grandparents 50+ year history with upscale fashions and accessories, melding the wilderness with sophistication.
What are the most popular Minnetonka styles at Spruce Hurricane?
In our area moose are an icon of sorts, so Minnetonka moosehide moccasins are a top seller for both men and women. Being a fashionable store we love the fringed wedge boots and full leopard moccasins. It’s great to see a company like Minnetonka with long standing tradition being on the cutting edge of fashion. This is exactly our philosophy at Spruce Hurricane, a mix of classic traditions with fashionable flair.
How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs and boots?
In our store Minnetonka mocs and boots might be paired with a skinny jean or leggings then topped with a blanket print sweater and turquoise jewelry. Fringed boots by Minnetonka look awesome with a tweed coat and fur hat. The mix of textures and styles is what we call mountain chic!
What are a few ‘must see’ destinations when visiting the North Conway area near Spruce Hurricane?
Our location is just over the Maine/New Hampshire border in the historic ski town of North Conway, NH. The Mount Washington Valley has so much to offer both residents and tourists with a bounty of outdoor activities including; hiking, ice and rock climbing, canoeing, top rated cross country and downhill skiing. In fact North Conway is the birthplace of alpine skiing in the US!