Destin’s First Cariloha Bamboo Store Opens in HarborWalk Village on May 9

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Bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods retailer, Cariloha, is opening its first store in Destin’s HarborWalk Village at 10 Harbor Blvd with a grand opening celebration on May 9.

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Cariloha Bamboo Store in Destin, Florida

Bamboo fabric is 3 degrees cooler than cotton and wicks moisture away from the skin. Twice as soft as cotton, the “green,” eco-friendly fabric also repels odor and is hypoallergenic.

The first Cariloha bamboo store in Destin is opening at 10 Harbor Blvd. in HarborWalk Village with a grand opening celebration on May 9 where the first 50 Cariloha customers will receive a free pair of their ultra-soft, eco-friendly bamboo socks.

Store grand opening visitors will also enjoy free refreshments and bamboo-product giveaways, along with the opportunity to experience Cariloha’s entire line of bamboo products, including men and women’s apparel, bedding, bath goods, fitness wear, handbags, and more, all made of bamboo fabrics. Cariloha’s flagship products include luxurious, irresistibly soft and eco-friendly sheets and towels.

The name “Cariloha” comes from a combination of “Cari” for Caribbean and “loha” for “aloha” from Hawaii: the Cariloha bamboo concept was inspired by the breezy, relaxed lifestyle of the islands. Cariloha is the only multi-store retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely merchandised with products made from bamboo fabrics. Bamboo is one of the most renewable resources on the planet and produces more oxygen than a comparable number of trees.

For Destin, in particular, with its semi-tropical climate, bamboo clothing and linens offer unique benefits. Bamboo fabric is 3 degrees cooler than cotton and wicks moisture away from the skin. Twice as soft as cotton, the “green,” eco-friendly fabric also repels odor and is hypoallergenic. Above all, bamboo fabric is unbelievably soft, comparable to luxury fabrics like cashmere and silk — without the luxury fabric price.

Cariloha Destin store manager, Maggie Russell, who’s lived in Destin for nearly four years now, first experienced the softness of Cariloha bamboo apparel back in 2012. She will be staffing this corporately owned store with around 10 local staff members and two corporately hired interns.

“I’m most looking forward to offering our bamboo products to locals and vacationers who are unfamiliar with Cariloha,” said Russell. “Customers will find that Cariloha offers a style and quality of products that are unmatched.”

Destin is a perfect fit for cool, soft bamboo apparel and linens. The Destin store, even before its grand opening, is already attracting visitors seeking the Cariloha bamboo experience. The store staff is dedicated to providing a unique and educational shopping experience for all their customers. The store uses educational panels that help inform customers about the features and benefits of this comfortable, green fabric.

All Cariloha guests receive a free bamboo lei (necklace) just for stopping by the store, which helps proliferate the bamboo, eco-friendly attitude throughout the HarborWalk Village. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.

Cariloha has been rapidly expanding its international and domestic presence for the past seven years now with 19 corporately owned and 33 independently owned stores in 14 countries. In Florida, Cariloha stores are found in Key West, St. Augustine, Panama City Beach, Orlando and now Destin. Other stores are found in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Honduras, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Antigua, Bonaire, Jamaica and various cities throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO. “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be made into soft, comfortable fabrics that can be used for making apparel and other goods at little‐to‐no risk to the environment. It’s one of the most renewable, sustainable resources on the planet.”

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