Store Spotlight: Funky Munky

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Funky Munky 323 N. Randall Rd. Lake in the Hills, Illinois

Meet owner Jodi Galle in our Q&A below and learn more about Funky Munky of Lake in the Hills, Illinois!

What’s your Minnetonka story?
Before I took the jump into “brick & mortar” retail, I would vend at music festivals & universities.  It was a great  environment of creativity and expression.  In 1993, I opened Funky Munky with the goal of creating the same experience within a store.

In 2008, Minnetonka was added to our merchandise mix. It is a great partnership; as our customers value the quality of the brand.  Music fests continue to be a big part of our customers lives.

What is your favorite pair of Minnetonka boots?
My favorite style is the 5 Layer Fringe Boot.  The cushion sole makes you feel like you are walking on air. It looks great with jeans, leggings, skirts or shorts. And is one pair of boots that always gets compliments!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The 5 Layer Fringe Boot continues to be the most popular style.  As of late, the El Paso Moc and Suede Ankle Boot have been getting a lot of attention.  Our merchandise comes from all over the world and the El Paso fits right in with its tapestry detail.

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
Fringe boots and moccasins are a perfect way to create an amazing outfit. Customers are treated to a daily style inspiration with our mannequin, Fiona. Of course every outfit includes a pair of Minnetonkas!  We also style little sister Winnie in our kids mocs.  We try to always have something unique & unusual to catch the customer’s attention.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Lake in the Hills is a wonderful town. It’s less than an hour from Chicago, yet far enough away to have a country feel. There’s even a small municipal airport if you feel like dropping in!

A great way to see the nearby natural prairie is the Prairie Trail.  It takes you north to the the Wisconsin state line or south to a series of additional trails.

And summer means music fests!  A couple that are a must see for our customers include Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Illinois, May 23-25, and Lollapalooza at Grant Park in downtown Chicago, August 1-3.

Store Spotlight: St. Croix Shoe and Boot

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: St. Croix Shoe & Boot  406 Second Street, Hudson Wisconsin

Today we’re excited to spotlight St.Croix Shoe & Boot of Hudson, Wisconsin.  Meet owners Bill & Ellen Casey, along with their daughters Mackenzie and Alyssa, and find out more about their store in our Q&A below.

What’s your Minnetonka story?
For years our daughters have owned Minnetonka Moccasins and have loved their fun and trendy styles.

When we decided to open our store in June 2013 we immediately knew that we wanted Minnetonka Moccasins in our product selection.  We love their fun and fashionable colors and timeless styles and were proud to bring classic Minnetonka mocs to the St Croix Valley area!

What is your favorite pair of Minnetonka boots?
Hi Top Back Zip Boots in black suede – they go with everything and are so comfortable!

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
The Calf Hi 3-Layer Fringe Boot in brown suede, with grey suede as a very close second!

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
Minnetonka footwear can be styled with everything!  They look great with skirts, shorts, leggings and jeans.  And are fantastic to wear year-round in the winter, spring, fall and summer!  A classic wardrobe element and ‘must have’ for fashion.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Hudson, Wisconsin is a great weekend get-a-way destination with a variety of activities and opportunities to explore!  Located on the St Croix River, Hudson features a wonderful marina for boating enthusiasts. The area is also home to world class golf at Troy Burne Golf course.  And the Phipps Center for the Arts offers quality entertainment for the whole family in theatre, music and dance.

Historic downtown Hudson features excellent shopping and exceptional restaurants. Whether you enjoy Mexican, Italian, German, Caribbean or American cuisine; downtown Hudson will have it covered!

Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Rhinestone Gypsies!

The winner of the 2nd annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest is…Rhinestone Gypsies of Merkel, Texas!  Congrats Rhinestone Gypsies!

And congratulations to Regina C. the winner of today’s drawing to receive a pair of Minnetonka mocs or slippers of her choice.

Thank you to every one who voted and to all of the Minnetonka stores who created fun and festive Winter Wonderland displays reflecting the spirit of the season!

Enter the 2nd Annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!

2013 Minnetonka Holiday Display Theme: Winter Wonderland

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and to celebrate Minnetonka is kicking off the 2nd Annual Minnetonka Holiday Display Contest!  This year we challenge you, Minnetonka retailers from across the United States, to design a display in the spirit of a Winter Wonderland – cozy blankets, touches of snow, twinkle lights – whatever winter means to your store + Minnetonka!

The Grand Prize Winter Wonderland Display will receive slippers for up to 10 of your staff members, treats for an in-store winter holiday party and a special spotlight post on Minnetonka social media channels.

ENTRY DETAILS:

All entries must be submitted to myminnetonkastory@minnetonkamocc.com by Monday, December 9, 2013.

  • Create a display that reflects the 2013 theme: Winter Wonderland + Minnetonka
  • Submit two high quality photos of your store’s Minnetonka Winter Wonderland display
  • All entries must include your store’s name, location and a contact name/phone number
  • From December 11 – 20 at 4pm CST, Minnetonka will feature different holiday displays on MinnetonkaMoccasin.com and allow Minnetonka fans to vote for their favorite display of the season. (Encourage your store fans to vote!)
  • The holiday display grand prize winner will be announced on Saturday, December 21.
  • The Grand Prize Display will receive slippers for up to 10 of your staff members, treats for an in-store winter holiday party and a special spotlight post on Minnetonka social media channels.

Store Spotlight: Bucketheads

Bucketheads of Abilene, TX owned and operated by the Nicholson family!

Minnetonka Store Spotlight: Bucketheads at Mall of Abilene, Abilene, TX

Bucketheads opened their doors in November of 2009, and have been growing ever since.
This country store is family owned and operated by Stace and Nancy Nicholson, along with their daughter Natalie. Daughters Lindsie and Alex are also a huge part of the store.

What is your Minnetonka story?
Our story with Minnetonka started a year ago with our oldest daughter, Lindsie.  Lindsie lives in a big college town that follows the latest trends, she came home one weekend talking about these popular “fringe boots” she insisted we carry at Bucketheads. Once we realized these “fringe boots” were Minnetonka we were on board!

What is your favorite pair of Minnetonka boots?
Wedges!  We love wedges; they go so well with jeans, palazzo pants, basically anything and are super comfortable.  I personally like the ease of throwing them on to dress up an outfit.  Perfect for date night or an easy shoe to wear at work.

What is the most popular Minnetonka style in your store?
We all share a favorite around here at Buckethead’s and that is the 5-Layer Fringe boot in any color.  We all have a unique style but one thing that remains a constant is the 5-Layer Fringe boot. Some of our employees even schedule certain days that they all wear them together!

How do you like to style your Minnetonka mocs or boots?
Around here if the weather gets below a certain temperature, it is almost certain you will see girls wearing tights, with over-sized shirts, and fringe boots. This is by far the most popular way to wear Minnetonka mocs or boots in the fall.  During the warmer days it is almost just as certain you will see girls wearing them with shorts or a cute little sun dress; either way the looks are easy, comfortable, and all over West Texas country.

What are a few must see destinations near your store?
Coined the “great city of West Texas” by railroad official Jay Stoddard Johnston.  We are a rowdy frontier town, established by cattlemen, with lots of fun little quirks and shops. You can see the beautiful flat lands of Abilene, feed the giraffes at our zoo, or you can visit the new and improved Frontier Texas in downtown; a museum that is interactive and fun for all ages.

We are known out here for some tasty grub, such as Perini Ranch Steak House, a home owned restaurant in beautiful Buffalo Gap, TX, Los Farolittos, an authentic Mexican hot spot and the Beehive, home owned with great ribeyes. We would love for you to visit and experience some of our annual entertainment such as, Rattlesnake Round Up, the West Texas fair and rodeo, and tons of boot scooting country concerts at the Lucky Mule.