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A close  up look at the Cotopaxi Women's Teca Crop Jacket Finding a Great Gift for Mom How do we find a special Mother’s Day gift for the woman who has given us so much? If you’re looking for ideas, Whole Earth would be glad to help. We’ve been assisting folks on the hunt for great gifts for 50 years. For starters, here are a few of our strategies to help you bring that just-right gift into focus. Read More Posted on May 2, 2021 by Whole Earth
A Whole Earthling sport a KAVU Chillba Hat at McKinney Falls State Park near Austin KAVU for Summer Fun Barry Barr was sick and tired of losing his hat to the winds on the Bering Strait. A college student for much of the year, Barr earned money in the summer by captaining a commercial fishing boat off the Alaskan coast. He was convinced there was a better way to make a cap so it would stay on in the wind. Inspired by Teva sandals’ high quality jacquard webbing, Barr created the strapcap. The cap had a low profile and a band of webbing that could be tightened to fit snuggly on the head. In 1993, Barr began selling the strapcap from his car and KAVU was born. Read More Posted on Apr 27, 2021 by Whole Earth
A close  up look at the Cotopaxi Women's Teca Crop Jacket Ready for Spring Showers? These days, thanks to our ongoing drought here in Texas, when we see rain in the forecast, we rejoice. And if we have to head out into the rain to walk the dog, pick up the kids from school or make a quick run to the grocery store, we’re ready with rain jackets that keep us warm and dry in spite of the weather. There’s no need to be wet and miserable if you have a good quality rain jacket. So what makes it good? Materials, finish, breathability and thoughtful details. Read More Posted on Apr 25, 2021 by Whole Earth
Earth as seen from Apollo 17 known as The Big Blue Marble Celebrating Earth Day 2021 Happy Earth Day! While we’re missing the big events of pre-pandemic days, we’re very happy that our stores are open once again for Earth Day 2021. This year we have an in-store event, some special savings, and we’ve created an Earth Friendly Collection of items you’ll find in our stores. And we’re highlighting a few of our most environmentally sustainable brands. Read More Posted on Apr 20, 2021 by Whole Earth
A group of Whole Earth employees and friends gather on Enchanted Rock, a huge granite dome, in Central Texas. Daypacks and Destinations for 2021 At Whole Earth we have a wall full of daypacks for you to choose from, made by some of your favorite brands. We have daypacks for men, women and kids, some minimalist and others loaded with extra features. We use daypacks for school, for work, for travel and for outdoor adventure. Here are a few of the packs you’ll find, among the many, in our stores. One of them may be just what you’re looking for. Read More Posted on Apr 18, 2021 by Whole Earth
A mom consults with a Texas State Park Ranger on where to go in the park.St Meet the Rangers at Whole Earth! One of our favorite events during April Is Texas State Park Month is Meet the Rangers. You can join the fun on Sunday, April 25th, from 2 to 4 pm. Texas State Park Rangers will be in our Whole Earth stores to answer your questions about where to go and what to do in the Parks. They have inside knowledge, and they're ready to share.  Read More Posted on Apr 14, 2021 by Whole Earth
A sock drawer ready to be winnowed for worn out socks for the Smartwool Sock Collection Drive Smartwool Sock Collection Drive Here’s something new: Smartwool wants your thinning, holey, worn out socks! So how does it work? From April 21st through May 2nd, you can bring your clean, tired socks to your local Whole Earth store and place them in a special sock collection bin. Not only will you have the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve helped the planet by keeping the socks out of the landfill, you’ll also receive a $5 Whole Earth coupon you can use in store or online.  Read More Posted on Apr 13, 2021 by Whole Earth
A group gathered around a picnic table with a meal cooking on a camp stove. Upgrade Your Camping Experience! Tent. Check. Sleeping bags. Check. Cooler. Check. So what else should we bring on our camping trip? Whether you’re a minimalist camper or someone who likes to bring along a few of the comforts of home, Whole Earth offers a robust selection of campsite accessories for you. Some items will be considered necessities for almost any camper. Here are a few of our favorites that you may find useful. Read More Posted on Apr 12, 2021 by Whole Earth
Birkenstock Arizona Essentials EVA waterproof sandals in Jade at the side of a swimming pool Birkenstocks for Spring and Summer! Birkenstock sandals have been a favorite with our Whole Earth customers and staff for almost fifty years.  So what’s new in our Birkenstock collection for Spring and Summer 2021? We’re calling out the Soft Footbed, the Big Buckle, the Franca and the Arizona Essentials EVA. Read More Posted on Apr 8, 2021 by Whole Earth
A photo of the front windows of our San Antonio store at the Quarry. A Few of Our Favorite New Things! Spring is an exciting season in our stores! Lots of new items are arriving in every department. As many of you who have been in our stores know, there is so much to see that sometimes it can be a challenge to spot the new items. Here are a few of our buyers’ favorites that you’ll now find in our stores and online. Read More Posted on Apr 5, 2021 by Whole Earth
An underwater photo of a couple walking on a large flat rock in performance sandals. Our Favorite Women's Performance Sandals You may be wondering, what makes a sandal a performance sandal? Basically, they’re sandals made for outdoor activities.  Performance sandals are made of durable materials, with grippy soles and are rigged to stay on feet. Some are equally at home in the water and on dry land. And as more women discover just how comfortable these sandals can be, they’ve become everyday shoes as well as trusted travel companions for exploring new cities and landscapes. Read More Posted on Mar 22, 2021 by Whole Earth
Our Favorite Men's Casual Sandals Here in Texas we can wear sandals for much of the year, and it’s not at all unusual to find several pairs in regular rotation: a pair for everyday wear, performance sandals for outdoor adventures, and a pair for more “formal” occasions. Men’s casual sandals are usually either slip-ons or flips and come in a wide variety of materials from water friendly EVA to beautifully sculpted leather. Read More Posted on Mar 22, 2021 by Whole Earth
Get Your Kids Moving! As warmer weather returns more and more kids are playing outside. Time to add a few new outdoor toys for backyard fun!  Get your kids moving with toys to fling, catch, run, jump, balance and swing! Here are several that have been tested and approved by our Whole Earth kids! Read More Posted on Mar 11, 2021 by Whole Earth
In Praise of Patagonia Whole Earth Provision Co. has been carrying goods from Patagonia for so long that they weren’t even called Patagonia at the beginning of our long relationship. We first knew them as Chouinard Equipment, purveyors of climbing gear. Later they were Great Pacific Iron Works, and we loved their standup shorts and rugby jerseys. And finally, they settled on the name Patagonia. Read More Posted on Mar 10, 2021 by Whole Earth
Get Ready for Spring Camping! Spring Break is coming up fast and not a moment too soon. We are so ready to get out of town and into the woods or out to Big Bend. If you’re planning a camping trip during the break, now’s the time to take a look at your camp clothes, shoes and gear to see what if anything may need to be replaced or upgraded. Read More Posted on Mar 8, 2021 by Whole Earth
At Home for Spring Break? While we all would like to get out of town during Spring Break, heading off to the beach, the mountains or one of our very favorite places, at times it’s just not possible. If you’ll be spending the break at home this year and are looking for activities for the family or yourself, here are a few ideas for your 2020 Spring Break staycation. Read More Posted on Mar 8, 2021 by Whole Earth
Woman in hammock in the snow looking at a mountain range Thanks for the Memories! Whole Earth is celebrating our 50th year! In late 2020, we asked if you would share some of your favorite Whole Earth memories with us. You sent photos of well-loved hiking boots, treasured packs and other items purchased in our stores over the years. You reminisced about visits to the toy department, and sent photos of your adventures in Denali, Kilimanjaro, Mesa Verde and other fabulous places where you’ve traveled with our clothing, shoes and gear. Our thanks to everyone who answered the call for your Whole Earth memories! Here are just a few we’d like to share with all of you. Read More Posted on Feb 11, 2021 by Whole Earth
Lake with a sunset and moon and stars Give Your Valentine the Sun, the Moon and the Stars! We all want our Valentine’s Day gifts to show how much we care. But there are times when flowers and candy, while appreciated, may show a certain lack of imagination. This year we’re thinking of giving our Valentines the sun, the moon and the stars. Wondering how we’re going to pull that off? Read on! Read More Posted on Feb 8, 2021 by Whole Earth
Sunset image of a desert mountain with Saguaro cactus Resolutions for 2021 What a strange year we’ve been through. While most of our 2020 resolutions had fallen by the wayside in February, by summer, they had revived and were offering structure and a much needed sense of accomplishment. There were even resolutions added and achieved (!) – an unexpected benefit of working from home. Looking at 2021, we’re feeling more optimistic than in the past about our resolutions and our ability to integrate them into our daily life. Read More Posted on Jan 11, 2021 by Whole Earth
Woman wearing a blue Onzie top - Onzie Activewear for the Bold in Spirit Move with Onzie Looking for exercise clothes that are comfortable, that cover and are beautiful? If so, we think you’ll like Onzie. Onzie (own-zee) is a Venice, California based maker of yoga and workout clothing that feature eye-catching fabrics and designs that are made for bodies in motion.  Read More Posted on Jan 5, 2021 by Whole Earth
Sunset image of a desert mountain with Saguaro cactus Welcome 2021! Never have so many people been so glad to see a year end. Goodbye 2020! And while we do have some good memories, overall, it’s been a year to try all our souls. So we’re welcoming 2021 with hope and happy hearts. Read More Posted on Dec 11, 2020 by Whole Earth
Three Whole Earth bags with tissue paper Our Holiday Gift Guides for 2020 How do you choose a gift? Is it a spur of the moment decision when a certain item catches your eye and you know in a flash it would be ‘perfect’ for that special friend or family member? Do you listen closely throughout the year and mentally note when someone makes a wish that you can later transform into a present for the holidays? Or do you take the direct route and ask for suggestions? Read More Posted on Dec 3, 2020 by Whole Earth
Outerwear Combos for All Sorts of Weather Some mornings it’s difficult to choose a jacket for the day. It may be cold and rainy at the moment but the forecast calls for unseasonably warm temperatures by midafternoon. So what do we pick?  Read More Posted on Nov 20, 2020 by Whole Earth
Picture of a table outside with a bottle of wine and several glasses. An Unconventional Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving looks like it’s going to be very different this year. There will be far fewer people traveling and gathering together for a holiday feast. If you’re an adventurous cook, perhaps this is the Thanksgiving to change up the menu and try something completely different. We’ve selected a few of our cookbooks that might inspire an unconventional Thanksgiving dinner and many more delicious meals throughout the coming year. Read More Posted on Nov 18, 2020 by Whole Earth

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