Store Spotlight: The Shoe Box

Minnetonka Store Spotlight:  The Shoe Box  2820 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL  32301

Today meet The Shoe Box owners Billy Weldon and Bill Day, along with men’s buyer Geof Weldon and women’s buyer Brittany Hill!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Minnetonka has been carried in our store for over 35 years.  We have a strong focus on comfort footwear and Minnetonka fits right in.  It is one of those classic American brands that everyone seems to not only remember from their past, but a brand they still love to wear today.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
It’s a tie between  the 3- Layer Fringe Boot and the Kilty Moc.  We’ve also started carrying more of the spring product recently which has been extremely popular. We are really looking forward to the fun colors available this upcoming spring!

What’s your favorite pair and how do you like to style your mocs?
Brittany had a hard time deciding between the Front Laced Knee High boot and the Double Fringe Side Zip!  She  loves to style her Minnetonkas  with either leggings and a cute top, or with shirt dresses.

Geof’s favorite pair are the Moosehide Classic Mocs.  According to him, the great thing about Minnetonka is you can dress them up or down as needed. They go great with jeans, slacks or shorts.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Well we can’t go without mentioning that we are located right outside the Florida State University campus, home of the 2013 National Champions.

We have the Tallahassee Burger Trail, a list of local restaurants serving the best hamburgers around.  Go to any location on the trail and you’ll be satisfied!

We also have several great music venues around town including the Bradfordville Blues Club, a historic landmark in Tallahassee that has hosted nearly all the great blues bands around.

And Club Down Under an on campus venue in the FSU Oglesby Union that regularly hosts great bands.  One of our employees sings in a salsa band there pretty frequently!

Store Spotlight: Teysen’s Moccasin Shop

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Teysen’s Moccasin Shop 300 E. Central  Mackinaw City, MI  49701

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Teysen’s Moccasin Shop is a third generation business, currently owned by Greg and Vicki Teysen.

Teysen’s has carried Minnetonka products for over 60 years and we’ve always enjoyed the variety of styles that Minnetonka has offered.

Being in the Midwest’s premier tourist destination, Mackinaw City, the travelers who visit Mackinaw (as well as locals alike) have always been attracted to Minnetonka’s mocs, boots and slippers.

Pictured here are owner Vicki Teysen, employee Barb and manager Kelly Myers. All three have worked at Teysen's Moccasin Shop since its opening!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
Currently the Kilty in taupe is our most popular style, but all of the Kilty colors are definitely customer favorites.

What’s your favorite pair and how do you like to style your mocs?
My favorite pair of mocs are my dusty brown Kilties.  I like to style them casually with either jeans or capris.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
There are a number of must-see destinations near our store including two Historic State Parks in Mackinaw City, a restored Historic Village west of town and an International Dark Sky Park.

Along with the Mackinac Bridge, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls and the Soo Locks.

Our store is located at the entrance of a 12 acre open air mall in downtown Mackinaw City close to Marina’s and two band shells.  Many festivals and activities take place near our store from early May till mid October!

 

Made By Hand: Camp Wolf

A few months ago we were introduced to the adorable, handcrafted designs of Camp Wolf.  Designers, Cristin and Cora, repurpose denim along with Pendleton wool to create one-of-a-kind pieces that endure the active lifestyles of little ones.

Check out our Q&A with Cristin and Cora to learn more about Camp Wolf and the inspiration behind each of their handcrafted designs.

Plus be sure to enter the Minnetonka + Camp Wolf giveaway for the chance to win a Camp Wolf vest for you and your little one, along with matching Minnetonka mocs!

Tell us about yourself and your background and how Camp Wolf came to be?

Camp Wolf was born in Portland, Oregon out of a love for the Pacific Northwest and our passion for making unique things for the people we love.  Camp Wolf started as a kid’s clothing and accessories line, but since our launch in September 2013 has grown to include styles for men and women, too.

Believe it or not, we met through Instagram just over a year ago and live on opposite sides of the country (Portland OR & Richmond VA)!  We are both mamas to boys (Miles, 2; Henry, 3; Jack, 2) who keep us super busy.  We’re pretty amazed by how much we’ve grown in our first year, and sometimes we still just can’t get over seeing photos of our amazing customers and their children wearing things that we’ve made!

Tell us about the handcraftsmanship that goes into each Camp Wolf piece. How is each piece unique?

When it comes to our products, we believe in function, craftsmanship, and above all, individuality. All of our denim garments are repurposed and feature authentic, 100% pure virgin Pendleton wool, made right here in the USA.

Because all of our denim has been carefully selected from all over the country and is embellished by hand, no two pieces are exactly alike. This is what makes them truly unique!

Describe your design process.

If we had to pick one area of our business where living so far apart presents the most challenges, it’s here!  Since we aren’t able to work together in the same studio space, we begin designing a lot of our products independently.

Thankfully, it’s really easy to stay connected between endless phone calls, texts, emails, Skype sessions, and the good ol’ USPS, so we’re still able to be involved in one another’s creative processes.  Naturally we are drawn to different styles, and the way we create new products allows for each of them to be represented within our line.  We love that!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

We are endlessly inspired by the gorgeous materials that we use daily for our line.  Pendleton wool comes in so many beautiful prints and colors, and we love challenging ourselves to find new ways to use it.

Our boys are also a constant source of inspiration!  They all have such different personalities, and it’s so much fun to see our designs come to life on them.  It’s also a great way to test the durability of our products.

What’s been your favorite piece that you’ve created so far?

Our denim jackets are, hands down, our favorite pieces.  They are what started it all, and they are what truly embody our line.  The process of hand-picking a jacket and pairing it with the perfect Pendleton print to give it a whole new life is so much fun, and we’re always in love with the final product.  Knowing that our garments will be worn with love on adventures great and small is awesome!

 Photography by:

Margaret Jacobsen
Aspen Summit
Clair Morgan

#EverydayAdventure Photo Contest Winners!

This summer we challenged YOU to show us how you’re creating adventure all summer long.

We were overwhelmed by all of the inspiring Instagrams entered and are eager to announce the first, second and third place winners that epitomized the spirit of #EverydayAdventure.

First Place:  Noelle of Toledo

Second Place: Staci of South Jordan

Third Place: Carrie of Breckenridge

Stay tuned for 10 runner-ups announced on Friday, August 29th. Thank you to every one who entered and keep showing us how you’re celebrating #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc this Fall!