Archive for July, 2014

Hari Mari – A Company with Heart

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Back in 2009, Jeremy and Lila Stewart returned from Jakarta Indonesia to Dallas with an idea for a company with a heart. As entrepreneurs, they perceived the need for premium sandals that were comfortable and came in more colors than variations on black and brown. They also chose a beneficiary, pediatric cancer patients. Today, you know their company as Hari Mari and the beneficiary as Flops Fighting Cancer.

Hari Mari comes from Hari – sun in Indonesian and Mari – (mare) sea in Latin. These flops are made for fun in the sun and on the water. They’re constructed with premium materials – leather, densely woven cotton and high-test nylon for long life, and come in rainbow colors with intensities ranging from pastels to neon. Made with carbon-free rubber outsoles, they’re non-marking, boat safe, and help improve grip on wet surfaces. For added comfort, they offer additional toe lift, beveled outsole edges and their own memory foam toe posts that reduce toe abrasion and do away with uncomfortable break-in periods.

Made with high grade recyclable rubber and foam, Hari Mari works to keep used flips out of landfills. Their Zero Landfill initiative allows customers to send in their used flip flops of any brand for repurposing and recycling. Repurposing includes working with international philanthropic partners like Soles4Soles to get sandals to people in need of footwear around the world, before they are considered for recycling.

Hari Mari’s Flops Fighting Cancer program helps support children battling pediatric cancer. Cancer is the most common fatal disease striking children. It is more deadly than cystic fibrosis, pediatric AIDS and diabetes, combined. Hari Mari gives $3 for every pair sold to Flops Fighting Cancer. The program helps pay for expensive medical treatments, medicines and hospital costs for families-in-need.

On Saturday, August 2nd, you’ll have a chance to meet our Hari Mari rep at our Mockingbird store in Dallas. Please stop by between 11am to 3 pm to learn more about Hari Mari flops and Flops Fighting Cancer.

The North Face Speaker Series in Austin 2014 – Alex Honnold

Never Stop Exploring

The 2014 edition of The North Face Speaker Series rolls into Austin on Saturday August 23rd. This year’s distinguished speaker is Alex Honnold, an icon in the world of rock climbing known for his free soloing and speed climbing. You’ll get a chance to view the new film “Relativity of Risk” that chronicles some of Alex’s latest routes, then hear him describe the making of the film and answer questions from the audience.

Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold took up the sport of climbing when he was eleven. His parents took him to a local climbing gym. “They figured that since I was always climbing trees, I would like the gym. Soon I was going there five days each week, and riding my bike seven miles to get there. I would traverse back and forth across the walls for two hours at a time, never stepping down.” He attended the University of California at Berkeley in engineering but dropped out at the age of 19 to devote himself fulltime to climbing. There are the three things that he believes people should know about him: “I generally climb with a rope. I like the saying ‘safety first, fun second, speed third.’ And I like to eat sweets.”

The Speaker Series event will be held at the Stateside Theater located at 719 Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. The show begins at 7:30. The remaining tickets are for $10 reserved seating. ALL TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED ONLINE!

All VIP ticket sales and a portion of the reserved seating tickets will benefit Livestrong Survivor Summit, a program leading cancer survivors and their supporters on life altering journeys, inspiring them and the community at large to challenge the mental and physical boundaries associated with cancer. You can also buy tickets for a raffle of a $100 Whole Earth gift certificate and gear from The North Face. Proceeds from the raffle will also benefit Livestrong Survivor Summit.