Archive for December, 2014

A Look Back at 2014 – The Year in Review

A Look Back at 2014 - The Year in Review

At Whole Earth, we’re all smiles about 2014!

We’ve had a great year and we’d like to take this opportunity to look back and celebrate some of the high points. We’re proud to be a presence in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake, and to support our community in each city. Generally speaking, we work with groups helping to preserve and restore the environment here in Texas. But we also support organizations working to make life better for those in need in our cities.

Some of our events involve all of our stores. The largest by far is our April is Texas State Parks Month, a fund drive to support Texas State Parks. Funds are also raised from the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour and Radical Reels in Austin during April. The three year total for Banff and the month-long fundraiser is close to $100,000. Your generous support has made this possible.

In early 2014, we had a special fund drive for OxFam America to help those who had been devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and, closer to home, in Austin, by the Halloween flood. Other statewide events include Chaco Gives Back for Enchanted Rock, Patagonia Advocate Weeks supporting Audubon Texas, and Dansko Days for the Texas Land Conservancy. We took part in Earth Day celebrations in all of our cities and supported two venerable climbing competitions – the Limestoner and the Granite Gripper.

For the third year, we’ve sponsored the New Toy and Kids Book Drive in our stores. The beneficiaries were Manos de Cristo in Austin; the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center; the Star of Hope Mission in Houston; the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas in San Antonio and GRACE, the Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange in Southlake. All of these statewide events have been successful thanks to your generous support.

Our biggest Austin events were The North Face Speaker Series and two events supporting HAAM – the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. The North Face Speaker Series brought famed free-climber Alex Honnold to town for a presentation and a short film on his experiences. From the beginning, we’ve been participating in HAAM Benefit Day where a percentage of the day’s sales are designated for HAAM. This year we had live music at all three of our Austin stores. The second HAAM event took place during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Teva sponsored a Block Party at our store on North Lamar with DIY Tevas, a barbeque lunch and live music, benefiting HAAM. Other notable Austin events included TreeFolks’ Sapling Giveaway, Give 5% to Mother Earth on Earth Day, and the on-going Keep Austin Beautiful Lady Bird Lake Cleanups.

In Dallas, we took part in Earth Day, the Dallas Pride Festival, Richardson’s Trash Bash and supported Cedar Ridge Preserve, the Friends of the Santa Fe Trail, North Texas Master Naturalists and the Dallas Down River Club. We hosted presentations featuring the travel-knowhow of experts from Hostelling International in our stores as well.

In Houston, you would have found us at Earth Day, the Sam Houston Council Scout Fair and the Galveston Bay Foundation’s Trash Bash. We supported the Houston Canoe Club, Armand Bayou Nature Center and the Citizen’s Environmental Coalition Summit. We also sponsored a showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, along with the Alamo Drafthouse, in Houston.

In San Antonio, we helped to clean up Breckenridge Park after Easter Sunday as a part of our Earth Day celebration. And we took part in the San Antonio River Authority’s Get Outdoors event and the El Chupacabra de San Antonio Night Run, as well as supporting UT San Antonio’s Climbing Festival and the Helotes Humane Society.

In Southlake, we participated in Green Fest, Southlake’s Earth Day, and supported the Carroll Education Foundation. We also sponsored presentations on travel by experts from Hostelling International in our Southlake store.

We’re looking forward to 2015 and a calendar full of great events. Hope you’ll join us!

Stocking Stuffers That Work!

Stocking Stuffers That Work!

Whether you’re on the last lap or you’re just beginning your holiday shopping, we have a few ideas to help you fill your Christmas stockings with items that are both useful and fun to receive.

Let’s start with handy items that can live on a keychain: tiny flashlights and Victorinox Classic SD knives. Keychain size LED lights make it easy to find keyholes or read menus in restaurants with 'atmosphere'. The keychain size Swiss Army knife has seven tools that they’ll be glad to have should they face a MacGyver moment away from home.

Headlamps are a great gift for all ages. They can shine a bright light on projects or on the trail or in any situation where you need light and you need to have your hands free. Kids love them for exploring and for reading at bedtime.

Kikkerland makes lots of useful potential stocking stuffers. One of our favorites is the Precision 8 in 1 Screwdriver. These are tiny Phillips and Flathead bits with a driver that can be used for eyeglasses, watches and small electronics.

Moleskine notebooks as well as planners and diaries for 2015 are a welcome addition to any stocking. They come in a variety of sizes and formats that are sure to be appreciated by the writers and organized humans on your shopping list.

Want to add color to their Christmas stocking? How about some beautiful socks? Whole Earth has amazingly comfortable socks that come in a variety of patterns, colors, styles and sizes for all ages.

These are just a few of our useful stocking stuffers. Stop by your favorite Whole Earth store to see these and many more stocking stuffers for every stocking on your list.

Dansko Days Check Presentation

Dansko Days Check Presentation

Thank you to everyone who purchased Dansko shoes during Dansko Days at Whole Earth! Your purchases helped to make possible a generous donation to The Texas Land Conservancy, a group dedicated to protecting wildlife habitat, native plant communities and scenic landscapes in Texas.

From left to right: Ashley Lovell, Rachael Garbowski, and Mark Steinbach from The Texas Land Conservancy; Adam Schiffman for Dansko, and Molly McKee, granddaughter of TLC’s founder Ned Fritz, and Walter Wakefield, for Whole Earth.