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Celebrate Together Are you ready to make some memories this holiday season? Good memories, ones that you’ll remember fondly in the days and years to come. Preparations for the holidays can leave you frazzled. Sometimes when most of the items on your to-do list have finally been checked off, you may still be drawing a blank on memorable ways to spend time with your loved ones besides feasting and opening gifts. Read on for a few suggestions.  Read More Posted on Dec 11, 2018 by Whole Earth
Gifts for Him Men have a reputation as being difficult to shop for. Finding a special gift for him can sometimes be a real challenge. Of course, that’s not always the case. Some men have interests that make it easy for the giver to find a gift that’s sure to be appreciated. But what about gifts for those other men whose interests are less well defined, or you just don’t know them that well? Whole Earth Provision Co. has been helping folks find great gifts for almost 50 years. Here are a few of our strategies for zeroing in on a present they’ll enjoy. Read More Posted on Nov 21, 2018 by Whole Earth
Gifts for Her How many women are on your holiday shopping list? Mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, nieces and wonderful friends that feel like family?  When shopping for the women in your life, it’s rarely the case that one gift will suit everyone on your list. And at times, the issue isn’t coming up with a gift idea but rather narrowing down the options to one or two. However, if you’re looking for gift ideas for some of your favorite women, we here at Whole Earth Provision Co. would be glad to help. We’ve been assisting folks on the hunt for great gifts for almost 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 Nov 21, 2018 by Whole Earth
Gifts for Kids They say that the holidays are for kids, and there’s some truth in that. Children are easily caught up in the excitement and magic of the season: delicious smells, treasured decorations that transform a home or a neighborhood into a dwelling place of light and beauty, mysterious boxes and closets that are strictly off limits, and their own first adventures into the art of gift giving are just a few of things that set the season apart. In choosing gifts for kids, the hope is that the gift will still be in “rotation” long after the holidays are gone.  So how do you choose such a gift? Read More Posted on Nov 21, 2018 by Whole Earth
Gifts for Fun There are times when not everyone on your holiday shopping list is an individual. Sometimes you’re on the lookout for a group gift: something for your whole family, your favorite neighbors or close family friends. And what sort of gift is good for a group? Something fun! The same is true for those people for whom you must get a gift, but you don’t know them well. Read More Posted on Nov 21, 2018 by Whole Earth
2018 New Toy and Book Drive For the past seven years, Whole Earth Provision Co. has collected new toys and books for children who, through no fault of their own, might not have received gifts for the holidays. Your generosity provided children in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Southlake with presents to brighten their day. The charitable organizations who distributed the gifts are grateful for the donations. Read More Posted on Nov 14, 2018 by Whole Earth
Casual Boots – Versatile, Stylish and Fun Here in Texas, we can wear sandals well into November. Our toes love the fresh air, but we admit to being very excited when it finally turns cold enough to pull our favorite boots out of the closet. In this instance, we’re not talking about hiking boots, though they get a workout when the weather turns cooler too. We’re talking about boots that can go to work, out on the town with friends, and add a stylish touch to whatever we’re wearing. Read More Posted on Nov 8, 2018 by Whole Earth
Pendleton How many of today’s brands do you think your great-grandparents would recognize? Most likely, only a handful. And among the names that you might find on that very short list is Pendleton. A family owned business, Pendleton has been making classic woolen blankets and clothing for over 100 years.  Their name has become synonymous with quality and beauty that can last a lifetime. Read More Posted on Nov 5, 2018 by Whole Earth
Bobby Daniel - Whole Earth Ambassador 2018 June was a wild month. I was scheduled to be playing every Saturday night in Las Vegas at Harrah’s Casino with the band Fastball. Being someone who doesn't drink or gamble, I knew I needed to come up with a plan to spend as much time out in the surrounding mountains as I could. Every week we’d fly in on Friday night and out on Sunday morning. I learned, week one, to pick up a rental car for myself as soon as we landed. Read More Posted on Nov 4, 2018 by Whole Earth
Fall Dansko Try On Event November 9th - 18th Try On to Win! Read More Posted on Nov 2, 2018 by Whole Earth
Pacsafe – Travel Gear with Security Built In Traveling can be one of life’s great pleasures. The thrill of experiencing new places, cultures and cuisines, and seeing how people can live such different lives and yet be so much like you and your neighbors, are just a few of the ways that travel can enrich your life. But some folks stop short at the threshold of a journey. Perhaps the obstacles of planning and financing travel are easily met, but there remains an uneasiness at facing the unknown and a fear of what troubles might be lurking in foreign streets. Read More Posted on Oct 24, 2018 by Whole Earth
Into the Deep at Sistema Huautla 2018 with Bill Steele Bill Steele is a genuine explorer.  He truly goes where no one has gone before: into unexplored caves deep within the Earth.  He’s co-leader of Proyecto Espeleológico Sistema Huautla or PESH, a ten year project to map and explore the deepest cave system in the Western Hemisphere, Sistema Huautla.   Read More Posted on Oct 12, 2018 by Whole Earth
Buck Wilde Presentation at Houston & San Antonio You may remember Buck Wilde from the BBC/Discovery Channel program “The Great Bear Stakeout.” He was the one who “talked down” Van, a 1200 pound, one-eared Grizzly Bear, communicating with a body language cue used among bears. Oh, and he also communicates with Wolves. Buck will be coming to our Houston Shepherd and San Antonio stores at the end of October to share some of his adventures and insights gleaned from years of working as a wildlife behaviorist, photographer and cinematographer. Read More Posted on Oct 11, 2018 by Whole Earth
Howler Brothers Fall 2018 Collection Fall in Texas means cool days, cooler nights and a sky so blue and clear that it defies description. Folks who were deterred by Summer’s excessive heat and humidity are now venturing outdoors once again. It’s one of the best times of the year to be in Texas. And one of the joys of the season is breaking out long sleeves, pants, and jackets that have been buried in the back of the closet since March or finding something new to add to the cool weather clothes collection. You might think that Howler Brothers clothing is just for fun in the summer sun, but they’ve got you covered for cooler weather as well. Read More Posted on Oct 8, 2018 by Whole Earth
prAna fAll 2018 Collection New Fall and Winter clothing is arriving in our stores almost every day, challenging our Visual Merchandiser Bert with how to best show it off and to find room for it all. One of the standouts for this season is prAna.  Read More Posted on Oct 8, 2018 by Whole Earth
New FLAX for Fall! Part of the appeal of FLAX clothing, beyond its classic good looks and sophisticated fabrics, is the fun you can have mixing and matching pieces from the various collections and even different years. In this video, our Clothing Buyer Molly offers a few suggestions for combining FLAX pieces with one another and with other clothing in your closet. Looking for a particular FLAX piece? Use the “Find in Store” button to locate it in a Whole Earth store. Read More Posted on Oct 8, 2018 by Whole Earth
Ditch Disposable A reusable water bottle can reduce your contribution to the enormous stream of plastic waste. CamelBak points out that the average American uses approximately 18 plastic water bottles a month. As more and more people choose to reuse, the number of plastic bottles saved grows by leaps and bounds. Read More Posted on Sep 24, 2018 by Whole Earth
Vibram Sole Factor is coming to Austin! As part of Vibram’s ACL presence in 2018, the Sole Factor van will be coming to Austin. Sole Factor’s mobile cobblers can upgrade a pair of your favorite shoes for better performance and personalized style. How so? The cobblers will replace soles on a pair of shoes with new Vibram soles. Read More Posted on Sep 21, 2018 by Whole Earth
Vibram ACL Ticket Giveaway The Austin City Limits Music Festival brings music lovers from across the country to Zilker Park for two weekends of stellar performances by their favorite singers and bands. Music lovers aren’t the only ones who travel to Austin for ACL. Companies come to town for the Festival too. In 2018, Whole Earth is partnering with Vibram who’ll be adding their own special touch to the festivities with a drawing for two pairs of ACL tickets and an Austin visit for their Sole Factor mobile cobbler shop.   Read More Posted on Sep 17, 2018 by Whole Earth
Brooke Alexander – Whole Earth Ambassador 2018 Working at the gear counter at Whole Earth, a lot of my job involves helping people prepare for trips. I’ve helped people pick gear to run the Everest Marathon, hike Kilimanjaro and go on countless safaris. I’m happy to help customers pick out sleeping bags and duffels, bug spray and sometimes even bear spray, but, I’ll admit it: sometimes I get jealous. Read More Posted on Sep 7, 2018 by Whole Earth
A Few of Our Fall Camping Favorites in Texas Fall is finally on the horizon, and Whole Earthlings are making plans, or at the very least, daydreaming, about where to go camping in the coming months.  It’s been a long hot summer, and the prospect of cool days and even cooler nights has spurred us to get organized. Here are a few of the possibilities we’re considering for Fall adventures in Texas. Read More Posted on Sep 3, 2018 by Whole Earth
Fall Festival Season Cooler days and nights mark the return of festival season here in Texas. Every weekend you’ll find festivals large and small, devoted to craft beer, wine, roses, pumpkins, scarecrows, barbeque, and, of course, music. Read More Posted on Sep 3, 2018 by Whole Earth
Kathryn Huchton – Whole Earth Ambassador 2018 Each time I go on a dive, it’s a new adventure and experience. You never know what kind of sea creatures you’ll see. This year I was able to share the experience with one of my best friends and fellow Whole Earthling, Sarah. Read More Posted on Aug 24, 2018 by Whole Earth
New from Hydroflask - The Unbound Soft Cooler Hydro Flask built their reputation on making quality stainless steel, insulated water bottles in beautiful rainbow colors. They stand out in a crowd.  Now Hydro Flask is introducing something new – the Unbound Soft Cooler.  With the Unbound, how you use it is up to you! Read More Posted on Aug 3, 2018 by Whole Earth
Happy Feet for Active Kids Some kids only slow down when they're under the covers, fast asleep. Otherwise, they're on the move.  Keeping a kid like this in shoes can be a challenge.  Whole Earth has shoes for a high energy child made by some of your favorite brands. Here are a few that both kids and parents rate 'thumbs up.' Read More Posted on Aug 1, 2018 by Whole Earth
Back to School 2018 The back to school roundup is about to begin - time to check the closets and drawers and put together your shopping list. Chances are good that your kiddos grew over the summer and may be in need of new shoes and clothes. And what about that backpack or lunch kit?  At Whole Earth, you’ll find quality clothing, shoes and gear to get your kids ready for school. Read More Posted on Jul 28, 2018 by Whole Earth
How to Choose a Daypack for School or Work How’s that backpack holding up? Did it accompany you on your summer travels? Has it served admirably over the years, but is now showing its age? Has your child outgrown or just plain worn out their pack?  If it’s time for a new daypack, we have a few suggestions on how to choose one that fits, has useful features, and lasts. Read More Posted on Jul 23, 2018 by Whole Earth
NEMO: Innovative Outdoor Gear Meet NEMO, New England Mountain Equipment, our newest camping gear brand. Our buyers believe that NEMO has created a series of products that Whole Earth customers will find useful when camping, backpacking or spending the day outdoors. NEMO was inspired by a particularly bad night spent on the side of Mount Washington in a poorly designed bivy. Cam Brensinger, then a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, knew he could do better. Three days after graduation, he founded NEMO. The name is a tribute to his New England heritage and to Jules Verne’s intrepid Captain Nemo. Read More Posted on Jul 6, 2018 by Whole Earth
Birkenstock – An Iconic Brand at Whole Earth Footwear fashions come and go, but Birkenstock has endured as an iconic shoe brand for several generations. Whole Earth has been selling Birkenstocks since 1974. Back then, the Arizona, a double strap, suede sandal, was a favorite with UT students and professors alike. Today, we offer a variety of Birkenstock styles that combine good looks and comfort. Read More Posted on Jul 6, 2018 by Whole Earth
Texas State Parks Check Presentation A great big Texas “Thank you” to everyone who donated at our stores during April is Texas State Park Month and attended the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Austin back in February. Read More Posted on Jul 2, 2018 by Whole Earth
Barry Brown – Whole Earth Ambassador 2018 Yosemite - one of the most beautiful places on Earth! I discovered that for myself in June. With its majestic waterfalls and towering granite mountains, Yosemite will awe you in every way imaginable. There’s a reason why it’s one of the most visited national parks in the world. As I wandered throughout the park, discovering new and stunning views at each turn, I was pleasantly surprised to hear languages like Mandarin, Japanese, German, and Spanish. People really do come from all over the planet to see this place, and I was ecstatic to finally be one of them. Read More Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by Whole Earth
Casey's Travels Part 2 - Sardinia Casey is a Whole Earthling from Central Texas who has worked at Whole Earth for six years. She’s currently on a six month European adventure participating in a program called Workaway. She volunteers for two weeks, working with local families, and then travels and explores the area for two more weeks, giving her an in-depth experience of the place, not just as a tourist, but from a local’s point of view. In Part 2, Casey explores Sardinia, the second largest island in the Mediterranean located to the west of the Italian peninsula and south of Corsica. Read More Posted on Jun 28, 2018 by Whole Earth
prAna Yoga Classes in Austin and Southlake prAna, maker of Yoga clothing and gear, will be offering two free classes for Whole Earth customers, one in Austin and one Southlake. Read More Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Whole Earth
Move Mountains - The North Face Speaker Series The 2018 edition of The North Face Speaker Series rolls into Austin on Tuesday June 26th. This year’s theme is Move Mountains, a celebration of women adventurers. This year’s distinguished speakers will include Hilaree Nelson and Emily Harrington, both The North Face athletes. They’ll host an evening with a collection of films and share their stories of adventure across the globe. Read More Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Whole Earth
Chaco Gives Back to Enchanted Rock June 22nd - July 8th  Read More Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Whole Earth
Hammocking 101 If you’ve ever visited our Austin stores, you might understand why some folks think of us as the hammock store. Out front you’ll see rope hammocks, Yucatan hammocks and a selection of hammock chairs and people stretched out, taking a break from shopping or sightseeing, chatting with one another or catching a quick catnap – all perfect examples of basic hammocking. For advanced hammocking, add a cool drink, a book and a substantial nap.   Read More Posted on Jun 22, 2018 by Whole Earth
ExOfficio BugsAway Gift with Purchase! June 14th - 17th  Purchase 100.00 of Exofficio and receive a free BugsAway bandana. Read More Posted on Jun 12, 2018 by Whole Earth
Summer Sandals – Better than Barefoot! One of the welcome signs of the return of warm weather is watching sandals slowly replacing boots and other cold weather shoes out on the street or on the trail. There are a few die-hards here who wear sandals practically all year long. (We are in Texas after all.)  But for most of us, sandals come out of the closet when temperatures become balmy. Feeling fresh air on our feet is blissful after months of confinement in closed-toe shoes. Read More Posted on Jun 11, 2018 by Whole Earth
Howler Brothers and Whole Earth Howler Brothers clothing is made for life on the water, comfortable when the air is hot and humid and quick to dry when wet. If you surf, fish, paddle, swim or just hang out, you’ll find shirts, pants, shorts and hats made with you in mind. Read More Posted on Jun 6, 2018 by Whole Earth
Benchmade Engraving Event in San Antonio San Antonio • Quarry Locaion    June 2nd • 11am - 4pm   FREE Benchmade Engraving Event Read More Posted on May 22, 2018 by Whole Earth
Celebrate the OluKai Aloha Experience at Westgate Austin • Westgate   June 2nd • 11am - 3pm    Free Shave Ice - while supplies last Read More Posted on May 22, 2018 by Whole Earth
Whole Earth T-shirt Collection These six designs represent our current crop of classic Whole Earth t-shirts. They’re made of 100% cotton and screened locally here in Austin. We love seeing photos of you on your travels in Whole Earth t-shirts. Read More Posted on May 21, 2018 by Whole Earth
Travel Smart Presentation with Angel Castellanos Join Us at our Houston - Shepherd Location on May 25th, 7pm  Win an Eagle Creek Gear Warrior AWD Carry On! Read More Posted on May 10, 2018 by Whole Earth
Upgrade Your Luggage and Gear for Summer Travel Summer has arrived here in Texas, and folks are counting down the days ‘til they set out on far flung adventures or a quick weekend trip to the coast. At Whole Earth, you’ll find luggage and gear that can help make summer traveling easier and less stressful. Read More Posted on May 10, 2018 by Whole Earth
Merrell Gives Back to the Big Bend Conservancy We hope you’ll stop by your favorite Whole Earth store or visit us online and check out our selection of Merrell shoes. You just may find the perfect shoe for everyday or out on the trail, and your purchase will help support the Big Bend Conservancy’s mission that “the Park may be loved and preserved for all generations and all time.” Read More Posted on May 10, 2018 by Whole Earth
Sunglasses Essentials – How do you choose? So you’re ready to buy a pair of good quality sunglasses, but now that the search has begun, it’s become quite confusing. Sunglasses look fairly simple – frames and lenses, some colorful, others, not so much. But as you study the matter more closely, you discover a gaggle of new terms that are not necessarily self-explanatory. Fear not, Whole Earth is here to shed light on the terminology and give you a few pointers on choosing a pair of sunglasses for your life outdoors. Read More Posted on May 10, 2018 by Whole Earth
Casey's Travels Part 1 - Corsica Casey is a Whole Earthling from Central Texas who has worked at Whole Earth for six years. She’s currently on a six month European adventure participating in a program called Workaway. She volunteers for two weeks, working with local families, and then travels and explores the area for two more weeks, giving her an in-depth experience of the place, not just as a tourist, but from a local’s point of view. Read More Posted on May 10, 2018 by Whole Earth
Protection from Sunup to Sundown Deep within each of us lies a Sun worshiper. We love basking in the warmth of summer sunshine, especially with an accompaniment of water music and whispering winds. But, alas, we’ve also learned how damaging the sun’s rays can be to our skin. Is it possible to bask and be protected at the same time? The answer is Yes! Using special sun protection clothing and gear, we can greatly reduce the dangers associated with fun in the sun. Read More Posted on May 10, 2018 by Whole Earth
Dansko Try On Event May 1st - May 14th Try On to Win! Read More Posted on Apr 25, 2018 by Whole Earth
Keen Try On Event April 20th - April 30th  Try On to Win! Read More Posted on Apr 18, 2018 by Whole Earth
What We Love About Camping Hammocks Looking for the comfort of a backyard hammock that you can carry with you almost anywhere?  Whole Earth has just what you’re looking for – camping hammocks! They pack small and can be set up quickly. They’re great when you’re enjoying time with the family in the park, on the trail and find the perfect spot to relax and take a load off, or you’re camping and you don’t want to be bothered with the hassle of carrying a tent. Read More Posted on Apr 16, 2018 by Whole Earth
Green Toys – Safe, Imaginative Play for Littles Earth Day and Green Toys were made for each other. Green Toys is an eco-friendly company that believes that every day is Earth Day. We hope you’ll come play with us at our stores on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22nd, from noon to 3 pm, for a Green Toys Dough playdate! And while you’re there, be sure to enter our drawing to win a toy chest filled with a fun assortment of Green Toys. Read More Posted on Apr 12, 2018 by Whole Earth
Whole Earth welcomes Honest Cotton! We’re excited to introduce you to a new clothing line for women at our Whole Earth stores - Honest Cotton! Their comfortable, classic cotton clothing, designed in Austin and crafted in Puerto Vallarta, has arrived just in time for the beginning of hot summer weather here in Texas.   Read More Posted on Apr 12, 2018 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 Apr 2, 2018 by Whole Earth
Meet the Rangers Are you ready to take a break from yardwork or that project for school? What about planning a getaway to a Texas State Park? Think of the fun you’ll have camping under the stars, kayaking on a paddling trail, adding new birds to your life list, or drowsing on a sunny beach.  If you need help choosing a destination, ask an expert! On Sunday, April 15th from 2 to 4 pm at our Whole Earth Provision Co. stores, you can meet a Texas State Park Ranger and get advice about where to go and what to do in our State Parks. Read More Posted on Apr 2, 2018 by Whole Earth
Caring for Down 101 – Jackets, Sleeping Bags and More Down jackets, vests and sleeping bags are not inexpensive. If you’ve invested in these high quality items, you’ll want to take good care of them and make them last. Here’s how. Read More Posted on Mar 23, 2018 by Whole Earth
Hiking Pants Review – Our Top FAQs Thinking about buying a pair of hiking pants? Is it time to retire your favorites after years of great memories? Or perhaps you’re considering an upgrade to pants created specifically for hiking and backpacking to see if they’re as great as you’ve heard from friends on the trail. Read More Posted on Mar 17, 2018 by Whole Earth


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